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Old 04-15-2013, 13:29   #1 (permalink)
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I need to replace the pressure hose from the reservoir to the rack on my 1979 Mustang pace car 302 v8 automatic. Down at the rack where the three lines are bolted there is a band around the lines to hold them together. How do I remove this band? It is very tight quarters in that area and I've never changed one of these before. Any help would be really appreciated! I could also use some suggestions on how to get the fitting loose. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Power steering line removal issue

Here are some pics of the area. I need to get the line off that is located on the left in the pic looking straight down. I got the band off. It was just pressed on. Any idea's on what best to use to get the line off? I was thinking of a flex flare nut wrench or open crowfoot socket wrench. I can't get an open end on the nut to find out what size it is. I don't want to have to buy a whole set of wrenches. Anybody know for sure what size this . SAE or Metric?
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Re: Power steering line removal issue

If you can't get snips on it, ho about a Dremmel?
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Re: Power steering line removal issue

You have a point there Catskinner. Cut the line and then remove the nut?
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Re: Power steering line removal issue

Cut the pipe, get a socket on it .Be careful disturbing other pipes . Look like they are ready to go also with the rust .Or replace all pipes .
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Well, if the pics are doing it justice, they look like they can use some new ones.
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I ended up unbolting the rack and pulling it out far enough to get on the fitting. Then I couldn't get the fitting loose. When it finally broke loose the whole line was turning instead of just the nut, so I cut the line and finally got it out. What a job to do for that one bad hose. Now the hose I ordered is the wrong one so I am ordering again. Someone said that if the rack has a riveted number plate on it, its a TRW rack. Mine had the riveted tag, but the hose was wrong. It appears that the Ford rack hose is the right one. I hope.
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The joys of working on older cars !! Thanks for update .Fingers crossed on Ford hose .
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The Ford hose worked okay. Got everything back together finally. It was interesting to say the least. I'm glad I have a pit in my garage. I wouldn't even think of doing this job laying underneath the car. LOL
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