small leak at steering box

small leak at steering box

Postby Coaster [OP] » March 4th 2020, 4:39pm

i am leaving a pudddle everywhere i park and it appears to be at the hose connections at the steering box. the hoses are a year old almost to the day. the box is two years old.

i have had a lot of power steering issues in terms of blowing hoses every year for 7 years, this winter i made it through probably due to using synthetic fluid (its very cold here).

at this point i dont know if the leak is from the fitting or the crimp a the end of the hose, but i do know the ends are quite snug in the steering box but not "cranked down" like on a 1970 style.

this is a new kind of leak for me, usually the hoses just explode in the middle. i'm not sure why i have such issues with the steering system but its better with the synthetic.

any insight? can i get new rubber seals or should i just replace all the hoses?
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Re: small leak at steering box

Postby AstroWill » March 4th 2020, 7:27pm

You will have to find out if it's the fitting or the crimp. Should be able to simply replace the o-ring if it's the fitting.

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Re: small leak at steering box

Postby Coaster [OP] » March 11th 2020, 2:45pm

source of leak is the fitting on the power side inlet of the steering box hose from the booster. its dripping out between the tube and the nut. i tried tightening it a little but no change.

i got 17 months out of this hose, longest yet. i switched to synthetic last march. i am sure the o ring is bad although i dont know why. hose is in great shape but if i am going to pull it off the steering box i am just going t replace it.

i bought a new delco hose from rock auto, hopefully can drip along till friday or saturday then pull the shroud out so i can get to it.

am i overtightening these or something? i have read 25# but i just have to guess. i did the last set of hoses just snug, no excess tightening and the other connections are ok. usually the hose blows in the middle so this is new.
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Re: small leak at steering box

Postby Mmusicman » March 11th 2020, 8:32pm

I've never had a connector leak.
You may become the new "expert" on this one.
I imagine the crimp can leak too.
New hose.. make it tight, but not too tight.
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Re: small leak at steering box

Postby AstroWill » March 12th 2020, 12:14am

I remember that conversation, glad the switch to synthetic helped. Check for burrs or something before installing that new one. Fingers crossed that this will be your final hose.

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Re: small leak at steering box

Postby Coaster [OP] » March 14th 2020, 7:22pm

i got the hose off in minutes , took longer to install the new one.

closely inspected the green o rings and the hydroboost side was compressed/deformed evenly all the way around. this side did not leak. the steering box o ring, where it leaked out between the threaded connector and pipe was NOT evenly compressed/deformed all the way around. i couldnt see anything that would cause a leak but obviously it leaked.

i was very careful to hold the pipe in the correct position when i tightened the nut at the steering box. i tightened it until when i let go of the pipe it would not rotate on its own and stayed where it was.

so far i dont see anything coming out when i watch it (it would drip, drip, drip, drip before) but i am still leaving some fluid spots when i park it. not like before, i hope its just leftover fluid dripping off the box (there is a bit).

may pressure wash it soon in there
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