Power Steering Leak

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Power Steering Leak

Postby adrianbolton » Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:16 pm

I have a 1987 Lister XJS that has had several leaks on the power steering over the last 12 months. Despite several attempts to locate and repair i have been unsuccessful so resorted to local garage to check out. They have undertaken a temporary repair but they are concerned that as the hose connections have been modified by Lister that it needs checking out by a specialist. Therefore i am trying to locate a specialist around the Bolton, Lancashire area to get it checked out. Does anyone know of any likely sources? :?

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Power Steering Leak

Postby poprivet » Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:25 pm

Welcome to the forum. Whilst I know nothing of the Lister conversion, ultimatley they are just hydraulic hoses and as such a local hose company should be able to make up a new one using the existing 'ends'.

I had the high pressure hose repaired exactly like that when the Jaguar part was out of stock. It turned out to be cheaper as well!

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Power Steering Leak

Postby Hosier77 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:16 pm

Good point Pop, after about 10 years all rubber hoses start to loose their strength and with power steering hoses you find that they become porous and are permanently covered in a film of oil. Simply replace them using the exisiting hose ends as Pop says, the hose is very cheap but the crimping machine to re attach the ends is specialist kit, luckily there should be several companies loccaly that can do this for you, look in yellow pages under 'hose manufacturers'.
There are some new EU regs on high pressure hose manufacture, the law is designed to protect people from badly repaired hoses but unfortunately some less scrupulous dealers are using it as a scam to sell you expencive new hose assemblies, so beware. The law prevents a hose being cut and patched together, but it is perfectly permissible to use new hose with original ends as long as new crimps are used. Just so you know.

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