The return line is easy, just a couple of hose clamps, usually. The
pressure side is a different beast. I don't know if those are wrench type
connectors or the newer spring-release ones. The local parts place can tell
you when you get the replacement. The spring-release ones are really quite
easy IF you have the tool. They don't have to be expensive and the parts
store can show you what to use. It can be an ugly job because of the
creative way some of these get routed. Making the connections is usually
the easy part (if you can see the ends).
Good Luck! - PoD
On my mom's 86 sable I replaced both hoses at the same time. The low
pressure is usually easily serviceable and you can probably get away with
cutting off the factory crimp and installing some 5/16 fuel hose in its
place. The hi pressure one can be replaced at a hydraulic shop, or you can
get a brand new hose from a jobber shop.
The return line is easy up until the uninitiated break the nipple off the PS
pump reservoir... from here, the downward spiral is swift and
excrutiating.... The pressure line is also easy... until the uninitiated
round all the corners off the hardest to reach fitting and the box or pump
has to come out for repair. The E-150 should have the Saginaw PS pump which
has a disconcerting habit of winding out the pressure relief valve long
before the flare nut breaks free. Parts get lost easily if someone doesn't
know how many parts are supposed to be in there.
I'll take BYMs answer a bit further... if you have to ask the question "Can
I do this?"... there is a 50/50 chance that you can't. Since money is a
consideration in the original posters message, I would suggest that it may
be far cheaper to take the van to a trained professional - it may cost more
than they are willing to spend, but it doesn't take much of a mistake for
shop charges to look cheap.
My best suggestion is for skinmess to have his Aunt take the van to a shop
and for him to try and ease her financial burden in ways where he can be
sure of his skill-set and knowledge.
Also, he should check around... I know of several shops that offer discounts
for senior citizens or those with disabilities and on fixed incomes. For
every heartless bum out there, there are a thousand good, decent, caring
"skinmess" wrote: 1992 ford e150 van
... needs the power steering line replaced. Can I do
it myself, or do I have to send it to the shop? If I
do it myself, what kind of tools will I need?
Look under the van, see where the defective line begins
and ends, and decide whether access is easy enough
for you to remove it. If so, remove it take it to the
auto parts store for comparison when you buy the
replacement line ($20 - $50.)
Open-end wrenches are the tools typically needed for
this job, to turn the nuts at the ends of the line. Short
wrenches may be easier to swing in the limited space.
Other things to be alert for:
Some ports use O-Rings or other seals.
Some port fittings must be held with another
wrench while tightening the line nuts.
Wendy & John.
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