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Changing H/P Power Steering Hose

Author: C F F & Bob Daniels

Tools needed: 1 ea 1/2, 9/16, 5/8" open end wrenches Crescent wrench
Long screwdriver
Replacement p/steer hose
2 gals coolant
Mopar 4138055 power steering fluid

This is one of the more dirty jobs, so first take your car to the car wash and completely clean the area of the rack under and around the steering rack’s power valve and hose connections. Make a thorough job of it and even then you’ll find that gloves still will not save your fingernails later from the residual grease in that area. After cleaning, take the car home and park on the street headed downhill.

  1. Remove the radiator hose, after the car is cooled down, and if you have a garden hose handy, place it under the car and allow it to run, keeping the radiator water from staining, the street.
  2. I recommend loosening or removing the fan belt as it gets in the way.
  3. With the crescent wrench and the 5/8" open end remove the h/p hose at the pump end. There will be some fluid loss here but no worry.
  4. Now is the tough and dirty part. In order to remove the lower hose connection you must first remove the two pipe connections above it. Use the 1 /2 open end here. Now with the two top pipes removed from the rack entl hold these to one side (do not force or bend them as it makes it awfully difficult to line them back up again on reinstallation) and remove the lower h/p hose connection. More fluid will drain at this time but again do not worry.
  5. Remove the hose retaining clips on the fender well of the car, and carefully remove the hose assembly from the engine compartment taking care not to drip fluid on your great paint job. Replace the hose with the new one, reversing the prior steps. Replenish coolant in radiator (I recommend 2 gals) and top up with water.
  6. Fill up with power steering fluid, start the car and turn the wheels lockto lock several times to bleed airfrom the system, top up with fluid and check for leaks at fittings. (Note: it is preferable to exercise the rack with the wheels off the ground if you have a floor jack handy).

I would like to make a few recommendations. As you progress in the repair of your car take notes on things that will need to be done (never do today what you can put off until another time), always clean the entire work area before, during and after, make sure all threads are clean, free from dirtand grime and that there are no burrs on them. Never re-use 1) a Nylock style lock nut, 2) lock washers, 3) gaskets and 4) anyfluids. Always take care tightening brass fittings, never over-torque them.

For grease stains on cement use McKays ‘Grime Master’ it works miracles. Also, cheap kitty litter is an excellent fluid absorber. Spread this around your garage floor under the area of your car that leaks and you’ll never have a stained floor. Drip pans are also good and cheap too but even though I have and use one of these I still put litter in it, making it easier to clean.

If you are in dire need of a replacement hose and the factory one is not immediately available, one a little bit longer can be found at any American Auto Parts store and designated for the 64/65 Ford T-Bird, price being good too!

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