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Re: Leaky PS Hose

At 04:37 PM 2/18/96 CDT, you wrote:
>Sandy Duffy <sandy@pcnet.com> wrote, about power steering hose 
>> Sounds reasonable to me.  Whats leaking is the high pressure hose.  Your
>> local dealer probably gets $200.00 for one of  these puppies.  It carries
>> over 200 PSI of power steering hydraulic mineral oil.  You must buy this oil
>> from someone (dealer or reseller) that knows the part number.  Its something
>> like $18.00 per pint.  Do not use just standard hydraulic fluid. You will
>> destroy the rack.  I got had to get one for my old 85 Audi.  I found one at
>> the local auto parts store for 129.00.  It failed again after 2 years.  They
>> replaced it for free but didn't cover me for my labor.  The message here?
>> Get a good one!  BTW  did I mention its a bitch of a job to remove the old
>> one and install the new one.  Its just as fun the second time around.  BTW
>> this is not an uncommon problem.
>Agreed about price and PITA to change.  You should be able to get a 
>considerable discount thru Carlsen, Blaufergnugen or AudiOnly. One 
>comment: the hydraulic system in these cars runs ***2000+ psi***, not 
>200.  (This may have been a typo in the original post, though....)
>I presume that the hose could carry this much pressure.  The message:  
>BE CAREFUL WITH THIS SYSTEM.  When you work on it, bleed the pressure 
>carefully first and assume it will still squirt when you remove any 

I replaced this same high pressure hose on my '88 5kCST about 6 mos. ago.
FWIW, I picked up the hose at AutoZone for $17.00 or so.  And no, that is
NOT a typo!  They even had it in stock.  I couldn't believe it.  The dealer
was asking $150 or so for the same thing.  So far so good...no more leaking.

 Chris King           ===================================================
 cking@txdirect.net    '94 Corrado SLC        (Sherry Red/Beige Leather)
 San Antonio, TX       '88 5000 CS Turbo   (Metallic Black/Grey Leather)