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RE: Power Steering Cooler Tube
I just finished my first one this past weekend and trust me, it really sucked!
2005 Impala 3400 SFI 186k
Thursday my wife calls to tell me she has no power steering while at the school picking up a child from b-ball practice. So when she gets it home, we discuss whether or not it's the p/s pump or a line. I'm set on the line and not the pump (i didn't want to deal with the pump) since I didn't see anything near the pump that could be leaking. We add some fluid to it, start her up and heard hissing and spitting noises from underneath along with the spraying of fluid. I goto the parts store and pick up the p/s line (the one leading to the steering box). I started this about 8:15p taking the old line off and placing the new line in. This wasn't too bad but did cause a few issues connecting it back to the pump. Gave up about 1:a and went to bed.
Got up about 7:30 Fri morn and started up again. only after I reshaped it line a very small bit was I able to get the screw connection back in place at the p/s pump site. Added some fluid and started it up....S.O.B. it didn't work but I now can see where it was leaking from... the Cooler line (only after we researched this line thoroughly on the web! Unfortunately, our other vehicle was having a coolant leak issue and we couldn't drive it. So we drove the impala to a Chevy dealer for the cooler line ($118 before tax) and I was already not wanting to put this on since it was in a particular shape an all. Needless to say, I didn't start this back up until Sunday (I got the other vehicle running by Sat about 4:p)
Sunday morn, about 9:30, I took my oldest son outside and we jacked up the vehicle, placed it on stands, took both tires off and splash guards, took out the air filter box to see the steering box. We were able to see exactly where to leak was coming from. A high pressure connection near a bend with the rubber section had come loose. I even thought about placing a clamp on this and calling it done but I didn't know if the issue would come back so decided to replace the line anyways.
We disconnected the line from the return line portion to the p/s pump, disconnected the line from the steering box, unhinged 3 plastic clips from the frame and the line from a 4th clip that had 3 other lines attached. The easy part is over. Since one piece of the line was already not connected, we removed that without any probs. As for the other section that ran under the radiator and back, I simple pulled on it since I couldn't reuse the line. Once it came out I noticed a place where the line was squeezed together like someone or something crimped it shut, which I figured caused the line to come apart due to the pressure. At this point, I google'd and read and looked all over the place for any insight as to getting this in the vehicle without taking apart certain components. This sight helped quite a bit! I liked the ways people had come up with for replacing this line back in. However I did not have to take any of my suspension off to replace the line. It took my son on the end next to the steering box, my wife on the end with the 180 degree turn around, and me on the side by the p/s pump to piece this back in according to the shape and design of the part. Afterwards, I we had to do was re-connect the end with the return hose to the pump, re-connect ti end to the steering box, and clamp the line in the proper places and we're done.
The last problem I faced was the fact that the screw end would not get started into the steering box. one thing to remember, CHECK YOUR THREADING!! On the new one, the threading wasn't even started good enough to catch. I ended up tapping it in the hole so the thread would catch, (don't do this too hard as to damage the line, screw hole, and / or the steering box) and sure enough, the screw caught and I was done. Replaced everything we took off, added fluid (p/s not tranny, i don't care what other say, the system stated p/s fluid so that's what I used), started her up and started cranking the wheel back and forth. Did this for several minutes, added more, and did this again until the whining stopped and it runs great now. Two vehicles, 3 days of actual work, and around $565.00 later (impala only took $184 after parts and fluid).
I hated hearing "StressFreeCarpentry"'s issue with the BFF's ride. that had to suck balls!!! I hope this helps anyone with an 05 that may have had the same issue. Yes it probably would have been easier if the entire steering and suspension was removed, but that would have also created more labor for me since I haven't yet done major suspension work. It's a huge puzzle and as long as you find the right angle, you can slide that line right into place. I didn't have to lift the engine or anything like that. The only things again we removed was both wheels, splash guards, a few clips, and the air filter box.
Good Luck to anyone else fixing this issue!
FYI: I'm not a mechanic, just someone who'll fix my rides when they stop running and don't want to take it to the shop to save money!!