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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 18th, 10, 8:58 AM Thread Starter
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OK to use rubber fuel line for power steering return line?

Is it ok?My return hose feels real mushy and I want to replace it,what is the right type of hose?Thanks

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Re: OK to use rubber fuel line for power steering return line?

Best to replace your mushy PS return hose with a new PS return hose.

But, yes, you could use fuel line.


The reason I wouldn't is: fuel is cool, PS fluid is hot, and
heat breaks down rubber. All rubber hose is not created
equally, i.e., for all possible uses.

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Re: OK to use rubber fuel line for power steering return line?

The same places that sell fuel line also sell PS return line. It is rated for higher pressure and to withstand the heat and oil.
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Re: OK to use rubber fuel line for power steering return line?

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The same places that sell fuel line also sell PS return line. It is rated for higher pressure and to withstand the heat and oil.
Yea, the pressure is what you need to be concerned about. Not just what's flowing through it.

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Re: OK to use rubber fuel line for power steering return line?

it only costs about $3 to buy the proper PS return hose...

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Is it ok?My return hose feels real mushy and I want to replace it,what is the right type of hose?Thanks
where do i buy a ps return line hose
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Re: OK to use rubber fuel line for power steering return line?

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where do i buy a ps return line hose
Call you local auto parts store. They should have it in stock.

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Re: OK to use rubber fuel line for power steering return line?

The return line is low pressure & it empties into an atmospheric chamber. High pressure feed line exits the pump through an orifice 3/16" or less diam & returns via 3/8"hose. The hose needs to be able to withstand the high temp of the returning fluid.
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