Just like your Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, its power steering hoses are designed for heavy-duty applications. But despite that, the hoses will eventually become worn out, thus affecting the entire power steering system's function. Below are the common problems that you may encounter with your Dodge Ram 2500 pickup power steering hose:
In time, Dodge Ram 2500 pickup power steering hoses can start to dry and develop cracks. This won't be immediately noticeable unless you regularly inspect your pickup's hoses. Naturally, cracks can lead to power steering fluid leaks within the system. But as said above, even the leaks probably won't be easily noticeable unless the cracks are big enough to let out significant amounts of power steering fluid. Now, you must be thinking that there must be a way to seal the cracks. The problem with that is you may miss cracks that aren't readily visible. The only way to go in this situation is to replace the problematic hose altogether.
Since your Dodge Ram 2500 pickup's engine area is packed with various automotive parts, it's pretty much inevitable for these components to come into contact with one another. The power steering hose is among the parts that are subjected to such conditions. With constant contact with other automotive parts, the hose may become quite spongy or develop holes on its sides. If the hose isn't replaced right away, the sponginess and the holes will worsen, which can lead to the hose bursting while you drive. This is because the hose can't contain the pressure anymore. And when pressure escapes from the system, steering would become considerably harder for you. Again the only solution is a brand-new power steering hose.
This usually manifests after working on your Dodge Ram 2500 pickup's power steering system. The power steering hose may be crimped at one end, thus causing the peeling on its back. There's no need to replace anything when this happens as a peeled hose can be easily fixed.
The ends of a power steering hose may start to come off after several years of driving your Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The only way to identify this is by inspecting the hose itself. In this case, you don't have to replace the hose altogether as there are automotive parts sellers that offer replacements for a power steering hose end.