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I had my radiator replaced and now my power steering will not work. It has fluid. There is a hose not hooked that goes from what i believe is a oil filter but can not find the place it goes to. It doen not seem to be getting hot now , would it hurt to drive it about 15 miles to a friends that has a garage? It is a 1992 Lexus Es 300 automatic.

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Not a problem at all other than it will be UNSAFE since you have no power assist

that being said though, I drove my "daily" driver for about a year with no power steering before I made repairs

but that's typical for technicians since the last thing we want to do when we get home is work on our own car for "free"


Posted on Jun 04, 2010

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  • mamapate Jun 04, 2010

    The lack of power steering i can handle since i learned to drive in a 1956 Chevy pickup with a bigger steering wheel then me,but i was worried about the loose line. Thanks

  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf Jun 04, 2010

    assuming the line was for power steering
    and assuming it is out of the way of any moving parts

    about the only thing you have to worry about is leaks
    despite the environmental aspects I don't think you will be worried about spilling p/s fluid on the freeway!!!



  • mamapate Jun 04, 2010

    I made sure the line was not in the way of anything. Where the other end is attached by the fan had a bad leak and i fixed it , i need to just take my time and figure out where the person who was helping me unhooked the other end from. I am pretty sure it ran along the passenger side of the radiator. Being a female i have a habit of using my cell phone to take a pic before i remove something , but i did not know they was taking the other end off. Thanks for your help.

  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf Jun 04, 2010

    Being a girl has nothing to do with it
    I teach all my students to take pictures
    btw... most "girls" become the BEST technicians!!!!

    Can you post the pic's you have of the hose and how it lays naturally

    if you want I might be able to retrieve some archived diagrams and together we might be able to get you back on the road!


    However, am I to assume the hose in question is a power steering hose?
    Do you know if you have the traditional power steering or ELECTRIC!


    Sean


  • mamapate Jun 04, 2010

    Can not load the pics, cord is in my car!!!!! Figures. After what you have been telling me i found a diagram on Aldata and it is a hose that runs to the oil cooler pipes but i could not see the spot where it connects yesterday. I always say walk away, go back another day. Clear mind. Can you tell me, is there one or two hoses that run to the pipes? Thanks, Mary

  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf Jun 04, 2010

    assuming you have a traditional p/s system then you have 2 lines to the pump
    two lines to the rack

    there should not be any p/s lines running to the radiator

    the lines running to the radiator are for the transmission




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