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Power steering line retun keeps coming off in cold weather

Have replaced hose and clamps but still blows off in cold weather theres to much pessure why? do i need new pump ?it is the line from tranny to rad blowing off at tranny

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  • bender_1975 Jan 24, 2009

    its draining the power steering fluid when it blows its a 3 ft piece of 3/8 hose running to a steel line comming out of the bottom of the rad up to power steering which confuses me cuz its not attatched to the pump or resivior in any way then it follows the high pressure line down to the tranny where the hose hooks up to a listeel line without a lip i put on 2 hige pressur hose clamps and it still blew off

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    Rick Byrd May 11, 2010

    i think the key word here is you say it doesn't have a lip , so it has been cut , 2 choices , use a flaring kit and put a flare on the end of the line where the hose blows off , or unscrew the little piece of line out of the trans and take it to the parts house and tell him your story , he will know what to sell you to fix it . ( if there is no flare , it cannot hold under pressure ) .

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    Rick Byrd May 11, 2010

    you say power steering line but then say its the transmission line . the transmission does have a LOT of pressure , i suspect someone has altered this line . has this transmission line been cut , i ask because it should have a lip / barb / flare that your hose will go over , if it has been cut and its just a smooth line , your gonna have a problem keeping that hose on . also nothing wrong with putting 2 , 1/4" hose clamps on where its coming off . get them clamps as tight as they will go , when the clamp is tight you won't be able to twist the line , if you can twist it , its too loose .

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    low pessure power steering hose replacement



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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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  • idare_ya Jan 24, 2009

    Something does not seem correct with therouting there and possibly switched. The tran should have its own cooler completly seperate from the power steering pump cooler these should not be interconnected. The transmission line should be steel all the way.


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Try double clamping it put on 2 clamps instead of just one and see if that wont help

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