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Old 04-03-2009, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default Fix for air in Power Steering

I was down at my dealer ordering $950 worth of ABS pump. The head tech told me he'd been working on subaru's for 25 year this week. I congratulated him and in passing mentioned my power steering wasn't making pressure. I figured I needed a new pump.

He tells me this is a common problem and it's the clamps on the PS fluid return line between the tank and pump that cause the problem. The hoses get hard and the spring clamps don't have enough guts any more to clamp the hard hoses on the end so, you suck air EVEN though they seem tight. 2 hose clamps later, my PS is working like a friken champ. Just something to keep in mind if it seems like you can't get your PS bled.
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:39 AM   #2
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OUTSTANDING bit of 411 there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:52 AM   #3
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Awesome tip. Thanks. I guess when some techs give the old "I've been doing this forever" line, they're not always talking out their butt.
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