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How do I tell if my Power Steering pump is Variable assist or not

The pressure hose on my Power Steering pump sprung a leak. When looking for it online two hoses are available. One is for a Variable Assist Pump. How do I tell if I have a Variable Assist Pump?

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I would take the bad hose off and also write down any model numbers off of the pump and take them to my local parts store. Also take along the entire serial number off of your car. They can probably use this info to tell you what type of pump you have and what part you need.

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(see Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4)
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Fig. 1: Power steering pressure hose attachment to the pump-with Variable-Assist steering

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Fig. 2: Power steering pressure hose attachment to the pump-without Variable-Assist steering
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Fig. 3: Typical power steering pump front bracket attachment
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