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01-17-2006, 11:46 AM
I need the help of this forum. As luck would have it I need to replace both the high pressure and return line to my power steering. The shop will charge me about 350.00 to do it parts included. I am at work right now is this a job I can do myself ? I have a very good set of tools. Providing I can get the car off the ground is this a job I want to do myself? Has anyone done this and what can I expect if I try it myself? Thanks for the help.
01-17-2006, 02:02 PM
it's definately a "diy" job...
the first thing you want to do is position a drain pan underneath the p/s line connections to prevent spilling fluid. ....it is not necessary or practical to drain the entire system....
the next step is to spray all the fitting areas with brake cleaner to remove grease and dirt as not to contaminate the system....
the first part is easy, remove the lines.... there is one fitting on the back of the pump, which is usually a hose clamp, one fitting on the side of the pump and two on the steering gear..... there is two bolts on the engine crossmember that need to be removed in order to remove the return line....
the next thing is to install the new lines, but be careful to do this correctly the first time to save yourself a lot of aggravation.... there is a teflon ring that needs to go onto the return line before it is put on.... this ring should be on the hose at the connection for the steering box.... then install the rest of the lines, it may take a little maneuvering to get everything to thread right....
the next step is to bolt the new return line to the engine....
next, refill the pump resivor with fresh fluid, start the engine, and move the steering wheel back and forth between the stops to bleed the air out of the system.... check for leaks and reinstall any components you had to remove for access.
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