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Old 05-18-2015, 08:52 AM   #1
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Power steering hose replacement

Hello all, we have a 1990 Thomas transit-style bus. Formally used for airport shuttle. Has the Detroit fuel miser engine and an Allison transmission. It is a pusher, about 32' long.

We have a leak in a power steering line connection. There are flexible hoses running from the pump to a hard line that run most of the length of the bus. Hose attached to the hard line via pipe fitting and compression fitting. The leak is at the compression fitting.

Does anyone know a good source for high pressure power steering hose? I'm thinking of just replacing both of the front to rear hose/pipe assemblies. I'm thinking that that might be better than just replacing the compression fittings only to find another leak in a month.

Thanks very much for any input. Good day - Bob
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:43 AM   #2
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Our local napa store makes hydraulic hoses like that. It's handy when you're working on something odd that won't have a listing in the catalog. You just pull the old hose off, take it to the store(clean it up a little bit, parts guys don't like to get dirty), and they should have all the right fittings/hose and the press/dies to attach them.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:50 AM   #3
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Check the yellow pages for hydraulic hose suppliers they usually have what you need and can usually make up a hose with proper fittings. Around here it's Northwest Hose Inc., they have all kinds of hoses and fittings. They even had fuel line fittings for my 1948 Farmall Super A tractor.
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