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power steering hose removal
08-15-2011, 03:36 PM
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power steering hose removal
I am having a terrible time trying to remove the power steering hose on a 94 Buick 3.8. It's a straight forward job, but getting access to the line nuts is a nightmare. Are the tools to use a crowfoot and extention? Is it better to remove the steering column side of the hose from the top or the bottom? Any advice on how to get to these connections would be helpful.
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08-15-2011, 08:25 PM
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RE: power steering hose removal
Can't say for sure in your case but most of these are geared toward removal from under the car on a lift. The hose on the back of the pump may start to come off with the pressure valve too (the big nut) and the only way around that is pump removal so you can do it on the bench.

BTW, they do make crowfoot line wrenches just for jobs like this so you don't round off the hex portion of the nut.

Let us know how you make out.
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08-19-2011, 10:00 AM (This post was last modified: 08-19-2011 10:08 AM by xjohn1.)
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RE: power steering hose removal
(08-15-2011 08:25 PM)Rupe Wrote:  Can't say for sure in your case but most of these are geared toward removal from under the car on a lift. The hose on the back of the pump may start to come off with the pressure valve too (the big nut) and the only way around that is pump removal so you can do it on the bench.

BTW, they do make crowfoot line wrenches just for jobs like this so you don't round off the hex portion of the nut.

Let us know how you make out.

This hose is extremely difficult to get to. The end coming out of the pump is the easiest, requiring a 16mm crowfoot wrench. The end connected to the rack is the painful one. I had to experiment with various combinations of tools to get to it. Just about the only way I could reach it was to go down from the top at an angle from the passenger side, down under the brake booster to the rack. Due to the cramped space, I had to use a 18mm crowfoot on a 6'' wobble extension, then a universal joint, then another 6-8'' extension. If you ever do this, hide unneeded tools, and remove your dog, you will throw the former and kick the latter. Expect a good bit of profanity as well.
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08-19-2011, 10:54 AM
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RE: power steering hose removal
Thanks for the up-date. Some of these jobs are not fun.
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