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Re: Trimmin the line..

>Hi folks,
>   This is a really simple question...(sorry for the BW).
>   While on the ADMR, Gary mentioned to me that he oftens trims a hose
>when it first starts to leak because the leaks more often then not
>develop at the hose-clamp. I have a slow leak where the P?S line meets
>the P/S Fluid Reservoir. It appears that there is enough slack to trim.
>However, before I take the Utility knife..I was wondering if anybody had
>an easy way to trim? That line looks awfully thick...
>   Also, if anybody knows of dire consequences why I shouldn't trim.. I
>would appreciate that as well. 
>BTW, before I get a ton of replies that say something along the lines of
>me being a cheapskate, and that I should go buy a new hose... let me
>reply to that now. Yes, I'm being cheap. The "trim" method may only last
>a couple of months..but that's ok..I can live with that. It will buy me
>some time while I scrape the cash together to rebuild the rear
>(It feels silly to have replaced the entire hydraulic system (over the
>past 5 months) and now be counting beans carefully for a PS line..but
>those darn lines are expensive..(especially with that valve in there).
>Thanks for the feedback.
>-Osman Parvez
>89 200q
>Albany, NY

First, I don't think that trimming the line will work.  I think that this is
a high preassure line that is made with the clamps attached.  My suggestion
for you is to find a place that can manufacture a hose for you.  Example. 
Here in Spokane, WA we have a place called House of Hose.  They made me a
new one for my Audi.  Total cost was about $35.  They clamped on the metal
ends and formed it just like new.  For my Audi the new cost of that hose was
about $400.  Sure saved on the money.  Just be sure that you bleed the air
from that system after you are done replacing the hose.