POWER STEERING

1996 Honda Accord

Tiny

zemorzemor

July, 16, 2013 AT 7:23 PM

Sir
I replaced the power steering rack and pinion on my 96 Honda Accord 2.2 Liters Lx. Now the feed line is leaking at the treads it leaks more when I turn the steering wheel all the way right or left any solution.

Thank You

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Tiny

caradiodoc

July, 16, 2013 AT 9:49 PM

Always run the soft metal nuts in by hand a good three or four turns to start it. That will insure it isn't cross-threaded. If you needed a wrench almost right away, it may be cross-threaded and not run down far enough.

If the nut was rusted to the steel line, the line could have twisted before the nut let go when you unscrewed it. That twisting can crack the steel line, or bending it to gain access can crack it.

If the line is able to swivel after the nut is tightened, replace the o-ring on the end of the pipe. That design and those pipes that get tight usually include new o-rings with the new rack. Those hoses that can swivel when the nut is tight will not move up and down. If your hose can move up and down, (be pulled out and pushed in a little), the nut isn't fully tightened.

Your observation that the leakage is worse when you turn the steering wheel suggests the return line is what's leaking. The fluid may be running to the pressure hose making that one look like it's the one that's leaking.

Tiny

zemorzemor

July, 16, 2013 AT 10:19 PM

I m sorry there is no O ring in the hose. If I cross threaded the flare nut what I will have to do? And I am sure is the feeding thread that leaks because I can see the return hose thread is dry.
There is another point how tight I have to tight the feeding line in the manual it says 27 ft/lb I do not have torque wrench my be I did not tight it enough?

Thank you

Tiny

caradiodoc

July, 16, 2013 AT 11:02 PM

It's usually impossible to get a torque wrench with the right adapters in there. I've always deferred to common sense when tightening the nuts.

Your pressure line has a double flare on the end and doesn't use the o-ring I mentioned before. If you can swivel the line the nut isn't tight enough. If the nut is tight you may need to look at the end of the pipe to see if the flare is cracked. If the nut is cross-threaded you'll know it when you need a wrench to unscrew it. The rack normally has to be replaced for that because there really isn't a good way to fix it. You might try a "Heli-Coil" insert but I never tried fixing a rack that way.

Tiny

zemorzemor

July, 21, 2013 AT 10:06 AM

Sir
I want just you know that the problem was the flare of the pipe the shape was not good I replaced the line with a new one and I tight it a little bit now not even a drop of power steering fluid. Now I have to extend the power steering pressure switch connector because its too short with the new line.

The important thing I wants to thanks you for your help.
Thank you thank you thank you

Tiny

caradiodoc

July, 21, 2013 AT 11:18 AM

Dandy. Happy to hear it's solved.

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