How to Install a Power Steering Hose Fitting
As a driver and owner of your vehicle, you should know the importance of your power steering. If you don't know its importance, then you better read up. This mechanism enables you to steer and turn your vehicle easier. That is why you should make it a point to check if your power steering is always in good condition. However, due to wear and tear, it is inevitable that the parts of your power steering are prone to damage. One clear symptom of this problem is a leaking power steering fluid. When this happens, one of your hoses or hose fittings could be causing the leak. It is important that you check it as early as you can, and replace the leaking part with a new one. Replacing your power steering hose fitting can be a bit tricky for first-timers, but it is doable just the same.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Drain Pan
- Replacement Power Steering Hose Fitting
Step 1: Wear safety glasses and other personal protective equipment (PPE) like latex gloves or close toe shoes. This is to ensure you are safe while working on your vehicle.
Step 2: Open your hood and locate the power steering pump and reservoir. You may refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for the location. Note that the reservoir may be in a separate container and independent of the hydraulic pump.
Step 3: Check the level of your power steering fluid. Look for the power steering pressure and return hoses. Inspect if there is any leaks in the power steering hoses.
Step 4: Place a drain pan under the pressure hose connection. Loosen and remove the pressure hose fittings from the steering rack and the power steering pump.
Step 5: Install the new power steering hose fitting. Make sure to route it the same as the old hose fitting. Do not over tighten the fitting thread connections to avoid damaging it. It is important that you replace both the steering pressure and return hoses at the same time to save effort. They will most likely wear out at the same age and mileage.
Step 6: Fill the power steering reservoir with power steering fluid. Make sure to use only the manufacturer's recommended brand.
Step 7: Try starting the engine. This will help circulate the power steering fluid. Stop the engine, and check if you need to refill the reservoir. Check the steering hoses for any leaks.
Step 8: Turn off the engine and check the level of the power steering fluid. Add fluid as necessary, but do not overfill the reservoir.
You can do the whole removal and reassembly in just an hour or two. It would be great if you can have an assistant to help you out when you are draining the transmission fluid. When buying a power steering hose fitting, it is important to select only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and not aftermarket ones. This is to ensure that it is high-quality and less prone to wear and tear.