A power steering hose carries steering fluid to the power steering pump and to the power steering rack. These are high pressured hoses that carry fluid from the pump to the rack, while lower pressure hoses carry fluid from the power steering rack to the power steering pump. It is generally easy to identify when there is a leak in the power steering hose because steering control becomes more difficult. You can choose hose repairs to solve the problem, or you can replace the hose.
Typical Signs Of A Power Steering Leak
When you are driving a vehicle, you should be prepared for anything that comes your way while you are on the road. This means that you should not only look out for other drivers and possible accidents, you should also lookout for vehicle/mechanical breakdowns. Drivers who can identify warning signs are able to keep their vehicles in good shape.
Drivers should know how to look for the several common signs that they need to consider power steering hose repairs. These signs include:
Tight or stiff steering Loud steering Leaking fluid under vehicle Smell of burnt oil
However, it is important to note that these can also be signs of other mechanical issues as well such as radiator leaks, engine oil leaks, and internal steering problems. It is also important to know that not all power steering issues are caused by leaky hoses. In fact, the power steering system may not even be at fault. The Steps To Repairing A Leaking Power Steering Hose
If you can smell burnt oil coming from underneath the hood, and/or the vehicle is difficult to steer, you may have a leak in your power steering hose. There are some situations where it is not feasible to replace the hose, so you will need to repair the hose. A repaired hose should be able to get you from your location to your home or mechanic, so the hose can be replaced.
The first thing that you should do is safely park your vehicle, but make sure it is still running. Look under the hood and do a quick inspection of the vehicle. You are inspecting the vehicle for any visible leaks. If the power steering hose is leaking, it will be visible. After you have identified the leak, turn the vehicle off.
The damaged part of the hose should be cut off and removed. A hose clamp can then be placed on the other ends to connect them. The connection should be very tight in order to avoid another leak.
You will then need to simply replace the hose back to its proper position, and refill the power steering fluid back to its normal level. Once you have restarted the engine, check again for any leaks. If leaking still occurs at the site where the clamps are located, the clamps may need to be tightened. If leaking has started in another area, it will need to be repaired before the vehicle is moved.
Power steering hose repairs can save your vehicle, and prevent a breakdown on the road until you can get the hose replaced. Aftermarket parts are generally more affordable and can be purchased from online and offline sellers.