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Old August 16th, 2017, 15:34
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Power steering return line Burst on the trail

Power steering return line burst on the trail.

All I had to keep the reservoir charged was 10W 30, will this cause any issues?

Also to fix this I had planned on cutting the metal line and adding fuel line hose with hose clamps. sound fair?

does the ID matter for the return line?

Kind of got to get this fixed right now haha

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Old August 16th, 2017, 16:43
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Re: Power steering return line Burst on the trail

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Power steering return line burst on the trail.

All I had to keep the reservoir charged was 10W 30, will this cause any issues?

Also to fix this I had planned on cutting the metal line and adding fuel line hose with hose clamps. sound fair?

does the ID matter for the return line?

Kind of got to get this fixed right now haha
That is a bit thicker than power steering fluid. The return line should have virtually no pressure on it, so unless something got plugged, there is no reason for it to burst.

I would really recommend flushing the hole system and getting back to PS fluid.

I will look when I get home, I may have a used return line.



I have run transmission cooler hose with barbed fittings for a return for decades. It has to be heat rated, normal braided fuel line hose will crap out over time.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 17:18
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Re: Power steering return line first on the trail

You can drive without power steering. I'd be surprised if the oil actually worked but doubt it would damage anything short term
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Old August 16th, 2017, 17:35
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Re: Power steering return line first on the trail

Thanks! An old line would be preferable but some fix is happening tonight.

The oil it worked for getting home. I know from another recent escapade how crappy it is without power steering.
I was more worried about the pump spinning dry.

The line seems to have rubbed a hole through as it rests on the steering column.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 18:46
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Re: Power steering return line first on the trail

Pump dry = BAD

Like previously stated, flush with power steering or, in a pickle, automatic trans. fluid.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 19:46
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Re: Power steering return line first on the trail

Yeah, you have an automatic transmission, don't you? Ford specifies ATF for their power steering systems and has for some time. But like others said, fix line proper-like, flush system with power steering fluid, bleed.
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Re: Power steering return line first on the trail

Finally got home. I had a steering gear with both hoses, but the return hose had been cut in half. Go figure
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Finally got home. I had a steering gear with both hoses, but the return hose had been cut in half. Go figure
No problem, I thank you kindly for checking. I ended up cutting the metal and adding fuel hose. This as I found out after was not necessary because the metal line is clamped into the original hose.

Oh well, fixed for now. Maybe A replacement part would be smarter for long term.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 21:21
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Re: Power steering return line first on the trail

The hoses are cheap at NAPA. It's probably more expensive in gas to try get a used one from a member.
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Re: Power steering return line first on the trail

Chances are that your repair will hold up for the long term. Just make sure its not chafeing on any parts.
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Re: Power steering return line first on the trail

I found a place that sells fork lift hydraulic hose. The stuff that goes up and down on the drum when the forks are raised. Stuff lasts forever, costs a bit but a couple of yards will last for numerous repairs on tranny lines and whatever.

The only real difference between engine oil and most hydraulic and trans oil is the additives and the purity.
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