[200q20v] Re: power steering hose (rebuilding) question

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Sun Oct 22 23:51:27 EDT 2000

> From: Phil Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net>
> Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 00:09:43 -0400
> To: "200q20v maillist at audifans" <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Cc: "Bernie Benz" <b.m.benz at prodigy.net>
> Subject: power steering hose (rebuilding) question
> 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. Is this the "moaning"
> sound I've seen referred to?
> Bernie, how serious was the effect of omiting  this inner damper? I sure
> would like to avoid any clearly audible noise that I'd need to "get used
> to".
If I were to do it over again, I would attempt to include the internal
damper, but at this point it is not worth redoing..  The boss is
hypercritical about "her car" and she has had no complaint about the noise,
which is only evident when high load is on the rack, zero speed turning,
such as in parking.  If you are going to have a local hydraulics shop do the
rebuild, maybe they can include a damper system fashoned after the stock
hose.  But you will have to show and tell with them or they will never find
it or understand it.


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