A short piece of rubber hose, and hose clamps? I awoke one morning to find my steering wheel was very difficult to turn. I checked the power steering reservoir and, sure enough, it was empty. I refilled it and my steering problems went away. Within an hour, they had returned again. I looked underneath the car and saw a steady drip of fluid. I got underneath the car and found a single metal tube with a rubber covering, all covered with liquid. Nothing else around it was really wet, so I assume I had found the leak. The tube looks like it's in relatively good condition, except for a one-inch section which is slightly corroded. Wiping it clean, I notice there is a single spot where liquid wells up - just like a small cut.
I plan on fixing this myself with some thin aluminum sheeting, JB-Weld, a section of rubber hose, and couple of hose clamps. I want to fix a small strip of aluminum over the leak with JB-weld and then clamp over that with a short section of rubber hose and a crap-load of hose clamps.
My question is this: Have I missed something? I often try repairs like this myself and overlook some important detail, leaving me up a creek without a paddle. Also, is there anything I can do to prevent this kind of line corrosion in the future?
Thanks much! You have no idea how much your advice means to an amateur mechanic like me!
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 AT 2:22 AM