1989 Ford Taurus Power steering lines

Tiny
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  • 1989 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
I have a major leak somewhere in the rear section of one or both of the lines (a real filthy mess), how difficult is it to replace the power steering lines from pump to steering assembly and are special tools needed? Any guidance appreciated.
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Friday, October 9th, 2009 AT 5:14 PM

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Tiny
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To better assist you is your model the GL, L, LX, or SHO and what is the engine size in liter
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Friday, October 9th, 2009 AT 9:39 PM
Tiny
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"To better assist you is your model the GL, L, LX, or SHO and what is the engine size in liter"

It is a 1989 Taurus GL with a 3.0 engine.
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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 AT 2:24 AM
Tiny
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I would first wash the area down really good to see exactly where it is leaking from.

It is best to use line wrenches when doing this. But either way if it is coming from the fitting area I would make sure they are tight. If not that may be your problem. If they have to be replaced then it won't be easy but can be done.

Here is the info below and again. Line wrenches are best to use. Sorry the manual doesn't' provide any pics for this operation.

POWER STEERING PRESSURE & RETURN LINES
Removal
1. Disconnect battery ground cable. Remove air cleaner and hot air tube (if equipped). On 2.5L models, disconnect connectors from distributor, ignition coil, radio capacitor, oil switch and move harness. On all models, disconnect connectors from radiator fan and purge valve. Remove fan shroud. Disconnect integrated module harness connector from headlamp harness and place module out of the way.
2. Remove screw at pressure and return line bracket. Remove anti-rattle clip. Disconnect electrical connector on power steering pressure switch at steering gear. Remove pressure line fitting at power steering pump. Loosen clamp and remove return line at pump. Remove return line fitting at steering gear. Remove pressure line fitting at steering gear.
NOTE: Pressure and return fittings have the same thread size. Ensure pressure nut on line is installed in the pressure port, and that check valve is properly oriented. The return fitting is silver colored and longer than the pressure line fitting.
Installation
Installation is reverse of removal.
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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 AT 11:40 AM
Tiny
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Forgot to provide the bleeding - not sure if you knew how.

BLEEDING & REFILLING SYSTEM
1. Fill pump reservoir. See RECOMMENDED FLUID TYPE table. Operate engine until power steering fluid reaches operating temperature. Stop engine. Recheck fluid level. Add fluid as necessary. Repeat procedure until fluid level stabilizes.
2. Raise and support vehicle so front wheels are off ground. Start engine. Turn steering wheel from side-to-side several times. Avoid hitting stops on holding wheel in full left or right position. Fluid level should remain visible.
3. Return wheels to center position. Operate engine for 2-3 minutes. Road test vehicle. Recheck fluid level. Fluid containing air will have a milky appearance. All air should be eliminated to obtain normal steering.
NOTE: Abnormal noise originating from the power steering system may be caused by air trapped in the system. Rotunda Vacuum Tester (021-00014) and following procedure will eliminate this condition.
4. Carefully remove pump filler adapter and dipstick. Check and fill reservoir to "COLD" mark. Disconnect ignition coil lead. Raise front wheels of ground.
5. Crank engine while cycling steering wheel. DO NOT hold wheel on stops. Add fluid if necessary. Attach coil lead. Install evacuation tool onto reservoir.
6. Start engine. Apply 15 in. Hg on reservoir for approximately 3 minutes with engine idling. As air is purged from system, vacuum will decrease.
7. Maintain sufficient vacuum with vacuum source. Release vacuum. Check fluid level. Install filler adapter assembly and dipstick. Start engine.
8. Turn steering wheel from stop to stop while checking for leaks. If condition is severe, repeat procedure until all air is removed. Lower vehicle. Road test vehicle.

RECOMMENDED FLUID TYPE
Application Fluid Type
Ford Motor Co. ATF Type F
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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 AT 11:42 AM
Tiny
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Also, it looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Taurus_recalls_1.jpg


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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 AT 11:47 AM

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