Pinprick hole in power steering hose --please help!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Guest, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have a tiny pinprick hole in my metal tubular power steering hose. Is
    there a simple way to plug this hole? Is there a special glue or sealant I
    can use? To replace the hose looks like a very difficult task. I want an
    easy and cheap way to fix it.


    Guest, Oct 14, 2005
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  2. If it is the high pressure side (which I suspect it is) the tubing probably
    must be replaced. Some truck repair shops have the materials and equipment
    to make a replacement at a modest cost. An expert welder may be able to seal
    the hole, but you'd have to ask.

    If it is the low pressure (return) side, it can be repaired with metal
    filled epoxy, like JB Weld. The difficult part is to drain the hose so oil
    doesn't try to ooze out, then clean all traces of oil from the surrounding

    In any case, the big question is "why is there a hole?" If it wore through
    because it was rubbing on something the fix is obvious. Otherwise I would
    suspect corrosion - maybe from the inside out - and any fix short of
    replacement is doomed.

    Michael Pardee, Oct 14, 2005
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    jim beam Guest

    don't even try. replace the hose. get one from a junk yard if you
    don't want to buy new.
    jim beam, Oct 14, 2005
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    Elle Guest

    What year and model is your Honda? Is it the inlet hose or the outlet hose
    to the pump (or some other hose)?

    The inlet hose diameter will tend to be a bit larger than the outlet hose

    I've removed the P.S. pump on my 1991 Civic in the past (as part of a timing
    belt yada job). It was a surprisingly small deal to disconnect the hoses and
    subsequently purge the system of air. And I'm not a particularly talented
    Honda repair/maintenance hands on person at that. I take a lo-ong time.
    Elle, Oct 14, 2005
  5. You don't want to stand next to the high pressure hose when someone
    turns the wheel. Liable to get squirt with 1500psi fluid. If it's the low
    pressure tube, you might be able to use a propane torch and hi-temp
    rosin core solder.
    Burt Squareman, Oct 14, 2005
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    Matt Ion Guest

    Matt Ion, Oct 14, 2005
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    Matt Ion Guest

    Remembering the hydraulic fluid IS flammable....
    Matt Ion, Oct 14, 2005
  8. And it takes special (nasty-toxic) flux to solder aluminum.

    Michael Pardee, Oct 15, 2005
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