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Old 04-15-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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Stumped by power steering

Well, I've finally been stumped in getting engine parts for the '82 280 and it is something as simply as the power steering reservoir hose or also known as the suction hose. This is the hose between the power steering reservoir and the power steering pump. I've been to multiple part stores so far. There are three issues...inside diameter of this hose is 3/4, must use hose rated for hydraulics (power steering fluid will eat through radiator hose, it is about 9-10 dollars a foot and typically comes in 10 foot lengths and no one has it.

I'm not quite sure but I'm guessing the hose on there now is heater hose and that is why it leaks like a sieve.

And did I mention that this hose is difficult to get to to change?

Anyone else been able to find this hose? Its a filler hose so no pressure in it. It is simply hose clamped on at both end.

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Old 04-15-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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How many feet do you need?
100R16 Hydraulic Hose 3/4" | eBay
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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We had the same hose to the reservoir on our '95 Chevy van. You can get it from Chevy, or even a hydraulic supply store. There's even one right down the street from where you live:
http://www.aaa-rents.com/hydraulic-hoses.asp
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:54 PM   #4
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100R16 Hydraulic Hose 3/4" | eBay
Great option! Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:01 PM   #5
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We had the same hose to the reservoir on our '95 Chevy van. You can get it from Chevy, or even a hydraulic supply store. There's even one right down the street from where you live:
http://www.aaa-rents.com/hydraulic-hoses.asp
Awesome! Thanks! Yes this is just on the other side of town. I'm heading down there tomorrow morning to see what they get buy the foot. On their hoses page on their website, they even mention "suction" hoses. Hopefully less expensive since there is no pressure in this line.

Kohlweiss auto parts in town wants $100 for a 10 foot hose. Can't get myself to spend a 100 bucks on this silly hose!

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:02 PM   #6
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Great option! Thanks!
Price is a lot less then $9-10 per foot!
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:49 PM   #7
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Check out this place Discount Hydraulic Hose.com They have everything you need at a reasonable price, $20 minimum order. I got all the hose and fittings to redo my leveling jacks system from them. Cheers, Dan
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:54 AM   #8
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Check out this place Discount Hydraulic Hose.com They have everything you need at a reasonable price, $20 minimum order. I got all the hose and fittings to redo my leveling jacks system from them. Cheers, Dan
That's another great site. Thanks!
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:25 AM   #9
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Great Info, and I need to do mine judging by the dropping levels and big stain under the M/H.
Questions:
1/ As you talking about the pipe between the fill reservior and P/S pump, and how long is it?
2/ There is a return line too... anyone know what size and length that is?
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Good idea to check the front PS hoses for leaks. One of mine leaked out the fluid and the reservior got hot, hot hot!
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With the huge PS and Hydroboost load on the fluid, is there a cooler plumbed in as standard?
My Suburban has one, just a simple "S" shaped tube in front of the radiator/condensor.
I dont remember seeing on on my AS...
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Another option is a John Deere dealer, The ones that sell and service farm equipment not the lawn mower guys. They can makeup any size hydraulic hose you could ever need and have all the different ends in stock. I am sure they have just the hose you need.
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My files show I had both my power steering hoses re-moved, re-newed and re-installed for around $250.00 with labor. That included flushing the system and fresh fluid. Hoses were around $50.00 ea. to be re-manufactured, so $150.00 in labor. I watched the tech working on them, it was not a chore I was interested in taking on.
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That's another great site. Thanks!
Got 5 feet of hydraulic hose from Discount Hydraulics at about $5 per foot...half price of anywhere else.

Took many hrs today to replace...what a pain. Problem has getting old hose off of pump. Also the hose they sent me has a metal wire inside the hose for strength. Problem is can't expand hose any to push over rib on connection on pump. I don't suggest this hose at all.

Folks don't understand that this hose has no pressure on it just needs to be hydraulic fluid rates so that it doesn't deteriorate from fluid. Everyone insists on selling you hose rated for 300 lbs pressure. Rolling my eyes!

I had to rip out the metal wire from an inch of hose at the end to be able to push onto pump.

Got it all back together but now have squeak in pump. Maybe air in line/pump. Well have to move mh off current space tomorrow.
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