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Old 08-27-2023, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by AuSeeker View Post
You maybe able to used brake line type fittings and tubing to replace the power steering lines if you can find the correct size fitting and tubing, or look for a shop in your area that specializes in hydraulic lines and they maybe able to make them for you.
Good feedback as always, greatly appreciated. I'm getting a heavy duty flare wrench and crows-foot today to help get the existing tubes off the rack, this will be my go/nogo step. If they come off, the project is line replacement...if not, it's steering rack replacement.

I found a local NAPA open on Sunday which lists hydraulic hose fab, will call them when they open. Otherwise there are several shops in nearby cities open on weekdays. If the tubes come off, I'll get new ones fabbed in stainless steel.

Plan B: car-part.com lists a few salvage yards with steering racks available for ~$150 and up, and I can inspect them before purchase. If my current 282k mile rack comes out, it's not going back in.

I'm also going to replace the pump supply & return lines while it's opened up, they're factory and nasty looking despite years of Fluid Film, Woolwax, etc. I'm the second owner and it spent the first 10 years with no treatment, but decent car washing as the guy owned 3 car wash places. The stuff above the skid plates was the only rust I found...horizontal salt spray while driving, but only vertical wash spray.

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