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Subject: Hydraulic hose rebuild

>Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 20:59:30 PST
>From: "Matt Martinsen" <mattmartinsen@hotmail.com>
>Subject: Hydraulic hose rebuild
>I need information from those of you that have had power steering hoses 
>rebuilt.  I have a competent shop in mind to do it, my question is will 
>the shop need any special connectors, or do they simply reuse all 
>connectors on the hose?  It is the pressure hose to the rack.  What 
>rating hose did you use? approx. $?  I can get a new one from both blau 
>and TPC for $89.
>- -Matt Martinsen
>86 5KTQ

I had the same hose rebuilt - pressure hose pump to rack on an 86 5ks. The
hydraulic shop uses the ends of your old hose, puts screw-on connectors
onto them, makes a new rubber center section of the correct length with
screw-on connectors on it, then assembles.

Cost me $25, took 5 minutes, yes, they needed the old hose, but since it
leaks anyway, so what? The guy who did mine stated that it would now last
forever, period. 

Another significant advantage besides price is that you can loosen the
screw-on connectors slightly to get everything into alignmnent, which makes
it easier to install the hose - the banjo bolt on the rack is a BITCH to
get started properly - it has to be aligned EXACTLY RIGHT or it won't
start, or worse, may cross thread.

Obviously, you'll need the aluminum crush washers for each end of the hose
- total four washers. Remember to bleed the steering when you are done
(Front wheels off ground, lock to lock briskly with engine off, start
engine, repeat, top off pentosin level).

Dave Head points out another advantage of the three-part hose: If the hose
leaks again, you can unscrew the connectors, leaving the banjo bolts and
crush washers unmolested - just replace the center section, no hose
alignment hassles, really easy.

The shops you want are commercial hydraulic shops - they make hoses for
bulldozers, Brockway trucks, steam shovels, and similar great, big, gnarly
industrial type equipment. They tend to be located in industrial parks, and
the guys who work there wear coveralls, tattoos, and have grease under
their fingernails - no effete "service writers" here, thank you!

Best Regards,

Mike Arman