The joys of leaking power steering fluid

For the past year I have been adding power steering fluid to my 1992 Pickup due to a leak. Since I only drive 6 or 7 days out of the year,
this has not been a major problem for me.... but it seems like I ought to fix the problem. I am hoping the problem is "merely" a hose that is bad.
Are there any known problems I ought to know about concerning replacing hoses? I see that the repair manual calls for SST 09631-22020 which at the moment I have not researched---- is that tool actually necessary?
Looking over the repair manual it appears that I ought to be able to fix the leak, but the hoses cost a hell of a lot of money--- around $98 for the set (if I'm going to change one, I may as well change both).
I also see that the drive shaft's center support bearing is shot..... well, actually, it's worn right off (and now missing) and the drive shaft rattles around in the mounting bracket. I assume this is a bad thing.
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Usually the power steering leak on that vintage Toyota truck is the power steering pump itself. There is a rebuild kit for it that you can purchase through a dealer, NAPA, or a few other locations such as Rock Auto online. I have also seen the shaft seal at the bottom of the steering gear box leak. I would degrease the power steering pump and check the back plate and shaft areas for leaks before changing any hoses.
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trying to cheap your way out will get you killed. fix it right and don't pose a threat to MY desert.
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You need to identify the source of the problem first. Hoses usually outlast the pump or the gearbox. Oil seals, similar to cam/crank seals, do go first if the gearbox isn't worn from lack of fluid changes or just plain wear and tear.
Since losing power steering can significantly affect the steering of the truck especially in an emergency, I'd say it's a safety concern. Get it fixed properly.
There are rebuilt racks from NAPA or Schucks/Kragen/Checks/Murrays/ Advance with lifetime warranty. These rebuilts use steel inserts that are stronger. Typically by Cardone.

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On Jul 24, 8:26pm, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

All that usually fails in Toyota power steering boxes is the $5 seal:
For power steering seal replacement:
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showpost.php?p=7413160&postcount=12 http://www.4x4wire.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB11&Number=961736 http://www.toy4x4.net/ps/index.htm http://napaonline.com/MasterPages/NOLMaster.aspx?PageId=470&LineCode=NOS&PartNumber=7007&Description=P%2fS+Worm+Shaft+Seal
NAPA power steering shaft seal # NOS7007 Specs: I.D.:0.7090" O.D.:1.2690" Width:0.2760
You don't need the whole rebuild kit. A cheap ($5) and readily available NOS7007 seal from NAPA will reseal the input for both the early and later style IFS boxes. It is the same seal used for the PS pump. On the early boxes you can replace the seal w/o even removing the box from the truck.
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