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Old 07-10-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default Power steering high pressure hose leak

I have a slow leak where the rubber and hard line join in the area down under the turbo. The OE hose assembly is expensive!

I've seen a few threads where people debate having the hose fixed by a shop or replacing it with a braided steel hose. But the threads always just stop with no conclusion!

Has anyone got any experience fixing this cheaply?

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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any competent shop should be able to make/repair that hose
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:38 AM   #3
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I had that union loosen up. All I had to do was get two wrenches in there and tighten the fitting. It's worth a shot.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:53 AM   #4
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and this reminded me that I needed to put some atf in the ps reservoir in my car....
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:57 PM   #5
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Thanks. I guess I can ask a few shops about fixing the hose, but I've not had much luck finding shops for other things. I may just suck it up and buy a new line
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:57 AM   #6
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Since my Search for threads on this subject didn't find much in the way of conclusions, I want to make sure I close this thread in some meaningful way.

I did find a shop that had experience making brake lines and P/S lines. They repaired my line but the result wasn't quite what I expected. The top end where it connects to the pump is the same as OE. But for the bottom end, they cut the hard line and installed a compression fitting that was crimped onto the new hose. So that end actually comes apart now. Also, their hose isn't as nice as the OE hose but it's stamped "2250 psi" so I guess it's OK.

I just finished putting the new hose on and it was a bit harder because the two ends have to be connected and then you tighten the new compression fitting which was a PITA to get at. My first attempt resulted in seepage at the compression fitting, but a bit more cranking on the wrenches and I think it's OK now. I also installed a reflective shield over the hose to combat heat from my aftermarket downpipe.

If this stays leak free, I will have saved about $225 over the cost of the OE hose. I'll give it a few weeks and post the final result.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:52 AM   #7
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My high pressure line was leaking around the crimped area near the valve cover. Went through similar distress, damn oe line is super expensive, and wasn't sure if available cheap sti lines would fit. I ended up getting a braided ss line with AN fittings for like $60.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:01 AM   #8
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Gates makes a heat shrink clamp that could be slipped over the rubber to metal joint that would stop the leak. I'm not saying I specifically recommend this, but I have seen this type of leak fixed this way before. I would recommend replacing the line.

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:43 AM   #9
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I ended up getting a braided ss line with AN fittings for like $60.
I had seen the parts list posted for that solution and was very tempted. But, I do a lot of dumb things and one of them is trying to remain within the rules for my autox class, even though I'm a mid-pack local competitor and I doubt anyone cares about the little stuff like P/S lines.

Anyway, since braided lines were not mentioned as an allowance in the rules, I stuck with an OE equivalent. At this point I regret my choice, but I'm hoping it works out. If I did this again, I'd just buy the OE line. I'm saving money anyway by doing the work myself.
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I had that union loosen up. All I had to do was get two wrenches in there and tighten the fitting. It's worth a shot.
I realize this is a pretty old thread but it was the best result I could find when searching. I have a similar issue to Web Foot STI. The union had loosened and I thought that all I would have to do is tighten it. I did this but the union is still leaking badly. My first thought was to unscrew the connection inspect for debris and re-tighten. I did this and it is still leaking. My next thought was to replace the whole line but as everyone has previously mentioned the OEM lines are ridiculously expensive. The lines are not in the easiest place to get to so I was thinking maybe I could just take off the whole line so that I could better inspect it, but I really don't want to separate the line from the rack and potentially cause another leak at a connection that is perfectly sound. Anyone have any suggestions on what my next step should be? Any experience with debris getting into the fitting? Anybody have any good temporary fixes? Right now I'm pretty pressed for time as I am moving cross country soon, but when I get home I can take more time to fix it right.
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