Without a functional power steering hose, the power steering will not function properly, making turning the wheel very hard. The power steering hose conveys power steering fluid that lets the steering wheel to be turned effortlessly. Over time, the hose can rot or get damaged for various reasons, including inactivity, extreme hot or cold temperature, and even debris. If you feel your steering wheel has become hard to turn or it feels jerky, then the power steering hose may be damaged.Changing a power steering hose can be accomplished at home, without a mechanic. The article that follows will explain how it is performed.
Step 1 – Purchase a New Hose
The power steering hose is a vital hose in the vehicle. Buying one of these hoses is rather simple as they are fabricated for specific cars in mind. Go to the auto parts store with the make and model of your car. The clerk at the store will be able to sell you the correct hose.
Step 2 – Identify the Power Steering Hose
Open the hood of your car. Using the owner’s manual, find the steering box. It is often located near the fender, on the left in the engine bay. It will have threaded fittings on each end. It will equally be dark in color and braided unlike the other hoses which are solid black and smooth. This is a good time to snap a few pictures for reference when it’s time to fix things back together.
Step 3 – Take out the Hose
keep the drain pan under this area to catch any power steering fluid that may pour from the hose. Locate the bolts that connect the power steering hose to the valves. Use the wrench and turn the nut toward the left to loosen it. It may be frozen by gunk and oil. Use a rag sprayed with degreaser to wipe down the nut and then try again. If it still will not budge; spray it with lubricant and try again. Pull the hose off the valve and then plug the hose with a rag. The other end of the hose is accessed under the left wheel well. Follow the hose to the other end removing clamps, bolts, and shields as you go. This end of the power steering hose will be removed the same way as the first.
Step 4 – Mount the New Hose
Now wipe down the valves the hose attaches to in order to remove oil and dirt. Put an end of the hose to the valve and then tighten it with the wrench by turning it to the right. Go over this process with the other end of the power steering hose and then tighten all of the clamps, shields, and bolts that you had to take out previously. Fill the power steering reservoir with power steering fluid until it gets to the “cold level.” Power on the car and turn the wheel several times to bleed the power steering hose of air. While the vehicle is running, Check for leaks. If all is clear, refill the power steering reservoir. Then replace the cap, close the hood and then you’re done.