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Posted by Mark in Marine [Email] (#1837) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Mark in Marine) on Mon, 24 Feb 2020 20:35:29 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Advice Needed for replacing power steering Pressure Hose, Mark in Marine [Profile/Gallery] , Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:31:15
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Update / Post Mortem :

Thanks to all for tips and encouragement. The ProParts "kit" for front and rear portions of the High Pressure line arrived Saturday afternoon. Visual quality seems reasonable, and O-rings are included, but banjo bolt seals are not. Geometry is not quite an exact match for OE. I divided the work across the last three days, trying not to disrupt things I already had on the calendar.

I heeded the advice on ordering BOTH front and rear portions - and glad of it. These days I think it will be very rare to get the correct original SAAB part to match the other half of what is in your car. And on this 9-5 the union between front and rear would not separate - so I cut the tube.

Below are some thoughts

1) I did the job with car on jack stands, but large ones, about 18 inches clearance. 2) I dropped only the rear of the subframe, leaving the front bolts in place. 3) Without much time to tool-shop, I used a 3/8" fine tooth ratchet and the shortest 7/8" 12 point socket that I could buy locally to remove/replace the 22mm banjo bolt on the steering rack. It is a 'class B' fit, but the 7/8" socket allows enough slop so it can be sneaked onto the bolt (my 22MM socket would not quite fit). 4) It might be "obvious" to some, but removing the "rear engine mounting", bolted to the side of the transaxle, is how you will obtain room for swinging the wrench (barely) and for maneuvering the rear portion of the PS hose. This was the first time I have removed that aluminum mount arm, and I wonder how I ever got some of my other jobs done with that in the way !

Parts: I needed to do some tweaking to make the ProParts pipes fit. By VIN, I had the correct part, BUT the banjo fitting on the rear hose was at the wrong angle for my rack, and it had a little tab brazed or tack welded onto it. I successfully re-bent the angle of the banjo fitting at the rack, and I bent the tab out of the way. To do that I used a long bolt to match the inner diameter of the fitting, and I clamped it into the fitting with a nut and washer. That lever allowed me to adjust the angle close enough to thread in the banjo bolt with new seals - but it protected the 'square' of the fitting.

Hope this might help someone else.

Mark in Marine

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