Power Steering Hose
The power steering hose pushes the power steering fluid from the pump to the rack and vice versa. Any leak in the hose is dangerous because this type of fluid is highly flammable, so it must be kept inside the steering system. If you've got a power steering hose leak, you'd better have it fixed or replaced as soon as you can to avoid further problems. Here are ways to replace power steering hoses:
What you'll need:
- Drain pan
- Adjustable wrench
- Phillips screwdriver
- Power steering fluid
- Flat-blade screwdriver
- Penetrating oil/Lubricant
- New power steering hoses
Preparing the vehicle
Step 1: Park your vehicle in a solid, level ground and where you have enough space to freely work around the vehicle's hood. Set it in park or in gear, and then engage the parking brake. Turn off the ignition and take out the keys.
Step 2: Go out of the vehicle and open the hood. Let the engine cool down completely for about 30 minutes. Disconnect the battery's negative cable. Put an oil drain pan underneath the engine's back end.
Removing the power steering hoses
Step 3: Find the pump at the rear of the engine, toward the driver. You'll find two hoses connected to this pump.
Step 4: Detach the pump's lower power steering hose. Some hoses are connected at both ends by hose clamps while others have the clamps included into the covering of the hose at the end. No matter how the hose is secured to the pump, the best way to release the hose-and-clamp attachments is to loosen the clamp's screw or nut by turning it counterclockwise. Once you've disconnected the hose, drain the fluid into the pan.
Step 5: Disengage the upper power steering hose from the pump in the same way you've disconnected the lower hose. Let the fluid drain into the pan.
Step 6: Proceed into where these hoses are connected at the power steering control module near the driver. Place the drain pan underneath the module and start loosening the clamps at the ends of the hoses. Drain the fluid into the pan.
Installing the new power steering hoses
Step 7: Get your power steering fluid and rub a small amount inside the new hoses to about one-inch depth. This fluid will make it easy for you to install the hoses over the nipples on the power-steering control module.
Step 8: Secure the hoses in place by turning the clamps or integrated nuts clockwise to tighten them.
Step 9: Connect the other ends of the hoses into the nipples on the power steering pump. If the power steering hose comes with hose clamps, loosely attach the clamps to the ends of the hoses before you connect them to the pump. Turn the clamps clockwise to tighten them.
Adding power steering fluid
Step 10: Fill up the reservoir with power steering fluid. Check your vehicle's manual for the recommended amount.
Step 11: Reconnect the negative terminal of the battery and start the engine.
Step 12: Test your newly installed power steering hose set by turning the wheels all the way to the right and all the way to the left. Repeat these steps for three to four times. Add more power-steering fluid into the reservoir if needed. Turn the wheels again for a number of times and check the level of the power steering fluid in the reservoir. Refill as needed.