How to Remove a Power Steering Hose

by Nathan McGinty

The power steering system in your car makes it easier to turn the wheels by using hydraulic pressure. When you turn the steering wheel in your car, power steering fluid, under pressure, forces the wheels to turn in the direction of your steer. The hoses that power this system are located at the bottom of the engine compartment and subject to heat from the engine and road wear and tear. Removing a power steering hose is the first step in replacing a worn out one.

Park your car in a flat location. Place the engine in park and set the parking brake. Remove the keys from the ignition. Wait at least 45 minutes for the engine to cool.

Locate the power steering hose that you want to remove. These hoses are attached to the power steering pump at the rear of the engine. One will be larger than the other and they will both snake back towards the passenger compartment.

Place the drain pan underneath the hoses.

Spray the hose connections with penetrating lubricant. Allow this to soak in for several minutes. Use the rag to wipe up the lubricant and clear away any dust or debris from the connectors. This will prevent any contaminants from getting into the system.

Disconnect the engine side of the hose. The majority of power steering hoses have metal couplings integrated into the ends. To remove, hold one of the couplings steady with a wrench while you turn the other. Repeat the process for the other side of the hose.

Pul the power steering hose out of the connectors. Allow the fluid inside to drain into the drain pan.

Tip

  • check If your power steering hoses are not of the coupling type, they may be attached with hose clamps that require a screwdriver to remove.

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About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.

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