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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 01, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't power steering lines (to and from the pump to the box) supposed to be sealed? On my recently purchased '69 Camaro I noticed that one line has a hose clamp attaching it to the box on one end and another attaching it to the pump on the other. Aren't these lines under pressure? Isn't this a big No-No?

Now, if this is incorrect, how do I fix it? Can I just replace the line?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 01, 09:59 AM
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The hose with the clamps is the low pressure side. Usually a smaller diameter hose.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 01, 03:53 AM
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i'm pretty sure that both lines on my 68 have fittings on the ends, not clamps. i was wrong. smaller dia. hose has clamps.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 01, 04:18 AM
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That is just the return line. The other line does all the work. It is correct.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 01, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I guess I'm good then. Now that leaves me with another problem...I've been finding small pussles of orangish fluid under my car from time to time. I originally thought it was the previously mentioned power steering lines (especially since it seems to be wet around that area). Now I don't know what it is. Any clues before I go searching?

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 01, 07:19 AM
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The high pressure line may be leaking. That isn't uncommon at all. As a matter of fact, mine was leaking when I bought the car. If you determine it is leaking take it with you to the parts store, as I had trouble matching mine up. Things get changed over the years.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 01, 08:47 AM
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Most of the power steering hoses I found at the parts stores were rough textured, wrapped construction. I finally got a "nearly correct" smooth hose from NAPA (had to be special ordered) I say nearly correct, because the pressure line into the steering box is somewhat taller than the original. Also, the return hose had a pinch clamp, rather than the screw type clamp. My original was screw type, but Rick's sells both, so I assumed either would be correct. You know what they say about assumptions!
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 01, 09:36 AM
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On your leak - what color is the coolant in your radiator? The new "Dexcool" coolants are orangish-colored - could be a coolant leak. If your coolant is the usual green, then it's something else, most likely power steering fluid.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 01, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Nope. My anti-freeze is green.

Could it be something else? Maybe where ever the fluid is escaping from is rusty. But, where. I need to jack this puppy up and take a look at it.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 01, 03:22 PM
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Shoot the cat.

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