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Power steering hose problem.**UPDATE**

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by UseYourBlinker, Feb 21, 2002.

  1. UseYourBlinker

    UseYourBlinker 1 ton status

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    I'm having a problem with one of the hoses. I have replaced it twice and still continue's to leak. It's the inlet hose that deliver's fluid to the steering box. The hose is $22.95 in the LMC catalog,should I buy one from them? Or is there a gasket sealer I could use on the threaded ends? Don't know what to do!

    Well I took the hose off cleaned it up checked for any cracks or tears and found nothing. I went ahead and replaced the O-ring's and used a little bit of teflon (sp?) tape. Well see if it hold's up...Thanks for the info guy's!


    Eric
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  2. Mudstud

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    Re: Power steering hose problem.

    What the heck is that white tape called that you use in fittings? Darn, major brain fart! Is it PVC? Anyway, did you use some of that?

    Mudstud
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  3. txbluethunder

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    Re: Power steering hose problem.

    teflon tape

    1986 K5 Blazer
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  4. UseYourBlinker

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    Re: Power steering hose problem.

    Nope haven't tried that.. I'll have to check to see if there is any in the garage.



    Eric
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  5. HarryH3

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    Re: Power steering hose problem.

    You don't need any thread sealant, since the threads are not where the seal takes place in that type of fitting. It's a compression fitting, so the threaded portion of the fitting is just providing the pressure the hold the parts together. If you seal the threads, the fitting can still leak where the tubing goes through threaded part. The actual seal takes place where the inverted flare in the steering box gets pressed into the flare on the end of the tube. If there's any dirt on the inverted flare, it can prevent a good seal from taking place.

    I think that later models may have an O-ring fitting, but the idea is similar. The threads don't "seal" anything. They just hold the connection together.

    Also look closely and determine just where the fluid is coming from. Is it coming from where the fitting meets the box or where the hose meets the fitting. A poor crimp where the fitting attaches to the rubber hose can cause leaks.

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  6. BigBadCad

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    Re: Power steering hose problem.

    I've recently discovered my hose is leaking/seeping were the hose meets the tubing. These hoses are only a year old and I'm pretty disgusted that I have to replace them already. I was thinking about having some custom hydraulic lines made instead if it isn't cost prohibitive.

    1980 chevy 4x4 1-ton crewcab, 500 caddy, York OBA...work in progress.
     
  7. NoSmog73

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    Hey bud just did my hose's upper and lower and they were 19 and 14 at kragen... I had to replace the pump and went to put back today and the dam thing doesn't line up straight with the belt position so now I have to look at it in the morning...
     

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