Power steering hose set

Power steering hose set
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Product Code: Power steering hose set
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Vanagon/T3, Power steering hose set.  Pressure and return line. 

Pressure line: Full-length - steering rack to pump hose connection, 2WD & Syncro - 11.5ft. - female fittings both ends

Full length - steering rack to reservoir - 13 ft. - with two hose clamps

To replace these power steering lines is a nightmare due to the complexity of the bends and length.  The cost of these lines from Volkswagen is outrageous.  The pressure involved in the pressure line is 1400 lbs.  The solution I've come up with is flexible industrial stainless steel braided hydraulic hose.  This hose is rated at 4200 lbs.  The other complication arises from the fittings being metric threaded. These fittings are not commonly available.  I have located a source for both the hose and fittings and have these hoses made up and ready to install.  The return line is made from standard hydraulic hose and installed using ordinary hose clamps

Vanagon power steering hose replacement. You can do this your-self, it's quite easy.

-      Remove the old metal lines cutting them off at the front and rear of the fuel tank.  These sections along the fuel tank will stay there until you need to remove the tank someday (see additional notes).  

-      The return line, red hose, will connect to the metal steering hose stub you leave at the steering rack when cutting out the return line.  

-      The pressure line will connect directly to the rack where you will remove the old line and fitting (19 mm wrench).  

-      The hoses get routed along the big plastic coolant pipes until you get to the fuel tank; here they go through the big opening where the tank has a depression in it unless your van has the gas heater and this space is used by the ducting, then just follow the plastic pipes to the front of the fuel tank.  

-      At the rear, the high-pressure hose connects to the fitting where the metal line attaches to the rubber flex line from the power steering pump.  

-      The return (red) line attaches to the reservoir where you will remove the old hose; being careful to not break off the nipple; remove the old hose clamp; cut the hose with a utility knife and work it free. 

-      Do not attach the return hose to the reservoir until you have bled the system by doing the following:

-      Attach an old piece of hose to the reservoir and clamp it off; 

-      put the end of the new return hose into an empty receptacle (glass jar); 

-      fill the reservoir with Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF); start the engine; run at least 1 litre of fluid through the system; then shut down the engine;

-      attach the new return hose to the reservoir; 

-      fill the reservoir with Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF).

-      start the engine.

-      fill the reservoir with ATF as needed. 

-      turn the steering full right and then full left, then check the level in the reservoir and fill to the MAX mark.

-      That’s it.   

-      You can now add tie wraps to the new hoses wherever needed to secure them in their run from front to back.  Wherever you removed tie-wraps in the engine compartment, replace with new tie wraps. 

 

Additional Notes:

-      Some YouTube videos show the complete removal of the gas tank when installing the power steering lines.  The gas tank can be removed if you are already planning to re-seal the gas tank.  It will make the complete removal of the steel power steering lines possible.  If you do not need to remove the gas tank to re-seal the gas tank, then the steel power steering lines can just be cut before and after the gas tank. These sections along the fuel tank will stay there until you need to remove the tank someday. The replacement hoses go through the big opening where the gas tank has a depression in it, unless your van has the gas heater and this space is used by the ducting, then just follow the plastic pipes to the front of the fuel tank. 

-      The power steering pump system uses the same Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) as the Vanagon automatic transmission (torque convertor).  The Power Steering Fluid reservoir in the engine compartment is marked (ATF).  

- There are several YouTube videos that discuss the entire steering hose replacement.  I recommend watching these before working on your vehicle.

 

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