[200q20v] power steering hose (rebuilding) question

Arun Rao rao at pixar.com
Mon Oct 23 09:07:15 EDT 2000

C1J1Miller at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated Mon, 23 Oct 2000 12:10:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Phil
> Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net> writes:
> << Ol' Lago Blue and I had only a week of smooth sailing after our door-lock
> episode, but now the "notorious" high-pressure hose (from PS pump to
> steering rack) is starting a major hemorrhage. A number of listers have
> posted about having hydraulic hoses rebuilt locally at a fairly low cost.
> Others have pointed out that there is a special, internal damping structure
> in the oem version of this particular one. So I wonder if it should be
> possible for the rebuilder to install that same oem "inner section", so the
> hose will be functionally identical to the oem version? Or are we limited
> to doing without those "innards", which according to Bernie Benz will cause
> the steering to be a more noisy (?) than normal. ....

In my opinion, it will drive you nuts.  It's even worse -- Linda at Carlsen Audi
actually stocks a replacement part that has the same problem: you need to buy the
more expensive OEM part instead of the aftermarket job.  So be careful when you
order the replacement.

I've had two of the other (less critical) hoses rebuilt by a local hydraulic shop
with success, but I decided not to chance this one.


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