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The line from the power steering fluid container is cracked.

I searched every where to get a replacement. No parts in stock. Is there something I can mend it with? helllllppppppp

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No patching high pressure powersteering lines only replace

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  • jrnbudd Jun 22, 2009

    JB weld at your local auto parts dealer

  • jrnbudd Jun 22, 2009

    last thing i suggested forget that i thought you were trying to solve another problem:(

  • jrnbudd Jun 23, 2009

    If you can't find a new replacement you might try wrecking yards for a good used part. :-)

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I broke the plastic connector to the power steering pump last month. Like Jrnbudd said, I used JB Weld to repair. You must
clean part thoroughly with acetone or laquer thinner, then sand-
paper the surfaces for better adhesion. I have been driving a month since this repair.

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