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Power steering return line i.d.??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by shane74, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. shane74

    shane74 1/2 ton status

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    I replaced my power steering pump last night, and I knew I should have bought a new return line hose, but I couldn't take it off because it's my DD and we are down to 1 rig till the wife's car gets out of the shop. ANYWAY...does anybody know what the I.D. of that return line hose is? It's leaking pretty bad and I really need to fix it today.

    Oh, yeah, it's for my '74.

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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    5/16", be sure to get the correct hose as fuel hose will deteriorate(sp?) with oil in it.
     
  3. shane74

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    Thanks! Yep, I'll be using hose for hydraulic fluid. We have a ton of it at work, so I can snag a piece before I go home tonight. /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    3/8 is hose size
     
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    Don 1/2 ton status

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    3/8 pressure side, 5/16 return side.Be sure and get oil and temperature rated hose, Goodyear make's good quality hose for this kinda stuff. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    I just did both pressure and return in -6 line and adapted JIC fittings
    slipped right on the return res nipple temporarily hose clamped
     
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    I used 3/8" and it went on fine.
    I got some that had a outter braid for reinforcement from NAPA. Most other auto parts stores tried to sell me fuel line /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
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    fuel line would work
    there is no pressure on the return
    I wouldnt do it
    I am looking at welding a -6 JIC to the res
    the 5000psi line is way overkill but I like the look
     
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    -6 = 3/8"

    They do make special hose for return lines if you want, but fuel line should work fine.

    I can't see how one petroleum product differs from the other, if it's rated for fuel, should work fine for p/s fluid. If there's any question get trans line hose, which is what I usually sell anyway.
     
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    I thought the reason to not use fuel line was temp related /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    At any rate the overbraid will help it to last longer and not wear through.
     

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