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Re: power steering line retun keeps coming off in cold...
If it is the line that goes from tranny to radiator you do not need a powersteering pump It could be the wrong type of hose being used and get better clamps. Double check weather its the transmission cooler line or the power steering, Big differance
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I have a 2010 dodge journey sxt. the return line on the power steering system is defective in material and design. Chrysler has not modified the design or the rubber composition. I have had the return line rubber ends blow off in the cold, dealer just used aftermarket clamps put on and all was well until this winter when the metal line meets the rubber hose. the hose is the weak link. they are easily replaced. they are about 6 inches long and there are two of them on one end and one on the other by the reservoir. easy quick job.. use 400psi hose with compression barb fittings. don't let the tech's at Chrysler or other tear it out it's about a 2 1/2 job. they will cut the solid line to get it out. it's the most expensive line and is easily altered, the factory ones are garbage and will fail as soon as it gets cold. the return line is not pressurized. there are other lines that are rubber but don't seem to fail. the high pressure line from the pump to the rack snakes from the pump under the plastic shield over the tranny to the rack. this will be obvious if it failed. all fluid will be around the front of the engine. look it up online and you will see how numerous the problem is. dealer techs are resorting to altering the hose material as the factory hoses will split in cold weather. the fluid is atf+4 and some say it will eat rubber portion of the lines. there is too much back pressure in the return line he oil can't get to the reservoir fast enough which causes the too much pressure and this splits the rubber portion of the line. the lines are too new and will only be a dealer part, alter the one you have.
hopes this helps as I feel your pain. 3+years of ownership... journey's are a nightmare of defects, cheap parts and bad engineering....
The power steering is actually ELECTRIC steering on this car Most common and basically only failure is 2 30 amp fuses in under hood fuse block Only other thing is mechanical and would set a trouble code and sat power steering on your dash. FYI. Jump Starting your car from the +- Terminals found near the FUSE box under the hood, will Blow the Fuses for the Power Steering. Always Jump start your car from the Battery Terminals in the Trunk Locate the power steering pump and hoses on your vehicle. The power steering pump is located at the front of your engine, near the top of the motor. It will have a black fill cap on it that is labeled "power steering fluid." 1)Clean the outside of the pressurized power steering pump hoses and the power steering pump with clean shop rags to remove any oil deposits. Check the exterior of the lines to identify any signs of steering fluid leakage. 2)Start the motor and turn your steering wheel back and forth several times to cause the pressure in the steering pump to build up. Turn the engine off and recheck the hoses for fluid leaks. Examine the power steering pump for any signs of cracks or damage. If your power steering pump is damaged you need to replace it with a new pump by removing the bolts that hold the pump onto the bracket, taking the pump belt off the pulley and disconnecting the hoses. Replace the power steering pump by reattaching the hoses with a screw clamp and attaching the pump to the bracket. Place the belt around the pump pulley and apply pressure by pulling back on the pump and tightening the belt by using a socket wrench to tighten the bolt on the bracket. You can find a power steering pump for your vehicle at your local automotive. 3)Check the fittings and clamps for any signs of wear or leakage and tighten any loose clamps with a screwdriver. Inspect the hose leading from the power steering pump back into the firewall that leads to the steering wheel. If you find that a leak has developed in the power steering hose that leads to the steering column, consult a mechanic or take your vehicle to a local service center and have an inspection done. 4)Remove damaged power steering hoses by taking the cap off of the power steering pump and then unscrewing the clamp on the hose. Recover draining power steering fluid by placing a clean container below the hose or power steering pump when you loosen the hoses and allow the fluid to drain into the container. 5)Repair power steering hoses where the damaged area is close to the end of the hose by trimming off the affected area with a utility or sharp knife and reattaching the hose with a screw clamp by tightening the clamp with a screwdriver. For damage that is in the middle of the hose or near a section that can't be repaired, replace the hose with a power steering hose that can be purchased from any automotive supply store in your area or online at an automotive supply website, such as the ones listed below in the resources section, and connect the new hose to the power steering pump with a screw clamp. 6)Fill the power steering pump to the proper level with power steering fluid and replace the cap. Start the vehicle motor to test the system. Once you have verified that the power steering system is working properly, shut off the engine. This will help. Thanks please keep updated.please do rate the solution positively .thank you for using fixya
These lines just run straight through the radiator to provide cooling. You can bypass the radiator by adding a transmission fluid cooler, during the cold weather in a pinch, a replacement transmission hose with 2 clamps can be connected between the 2 transmission lines to correct leakage, but in warm weather, the fluid suffers if it doesn't get the benefit of a cooler.
Aftermarket coolers are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to the long term benefit of keeping the fluid degrees cooler, prolonging the life of the trans.
If it is a small leak you might be able to wrap it with a rubber hose and apply several clamps to put a band-aid on it. However, this is only temporary at best and could still cause problems depending on where it is leaking. One possible alternative to a new hose - if you take the hose to a shop like The Hoseman (or equivalent) they can rebuild the hose cheaper than buying a new one.
Not really expensive just messy to repair. Return lines (low pressure) are much more common and they travel along the frame rail on the right side of the subframe from the power steering rack to the cooler line in front of the radiator. The high pressure line starts at the pump and travels over the top of the motor to the back side (it's a thick line with a big banjo bolt at the pump). They go too but less frequently.
If it's the return line and not the pressure line you can cut it and put some rubber hose from the parts store over the cut part with a couple clamps and that'll hold you for quite a while till you can get the line and get it installed.
The return line, done correctly, can be a bit of a bear on the ground but it's fairly quick in the air on a lift at a garage. The pressure line isn't too bad and can be undertaken by the home mechanic.