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Power Steering Line Leak

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Nivardo, Dec 13, 2019.

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Hello, does anybody know which Gasket or "O" ring must go on this Escort 99 Power Steering Line?

  1. The kind of gasket or "O" ring that may be missing

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  1. Nivardo

    Nivardo New Member

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    The leak is going on the area circled and pointed with the red arrow, exactly around the metal tube where the nutt turns to screw with the next segment of the power steering line. I need to know please, if the joint is missing a Gasket or "O" Ring, and where can I get it given the case. Or how can I fix the leak? I have used a flat gasket and Teflon Tape for the thread as shown on the other image, but it didn't solve the problem. Thanks in advance for your help. IMG-20191211-WA0010.jpeg IMG-20191211-WA0012.jpeg
  2. FordMan59

    FordMan59 FEOA Member

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    Probably a hairline crack in the metal tube. Only suggestions I have short of replacement is maybe it could be welded or fixed with JB Weld. I'm sure you'd have to do a good cleaning to remove all the oily residue for the JB Weld to adhere to and do any good.
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    Nivardo New Member

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    Humm... ok Man, thanks, I already looked for any cracks in the tube, and I couldn't find any. So that's why I thought it could be a missing gasket, I'll take another look at it with a magnifying glass, to see if there's a crack somewhere on the tube. And go from there. Thanks again for your advice.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    At that point, the intermediate high pressure line has an internal pivot - to allow the threaded fittings to be joined and separated. The internal seal is maybe a rubber "O" ring, but it isnt replaceable.
    My Escorts are all 2nd gen LX ones, but I think the parts are the same or very similar. There are three high pressure power steering lines; each one of which involves a similar pivot. The one "from pump", the "intermediate", and the one "to rack". I have five Escorts and have replaced the "from pump" hose assembly on most of them. I have replaced the "intermediate" hose on two of them. In each case it was because of leakage from the threaded fitting having the 'male' threads.
    I still see The three hoses for sale for my 2nd gen Escorts at rockauto(dot)com, and might order a set of two, just in case they go out of production. I also got an intermediate hose hose from an AdvanceAuto store, and Im pretty sure O'Reillys places still have the listings for them. None of these stores is likely to stock them, but can order them in.

    I sort of doubt its fixable with JB weld or any epoxy; beyond a short term fix. The vibration from the engine and its movement as the car is accelerating or coasting is going to involve the pivots moving a little bit; and the pressure in the line in an extreme hard turn can be over 800 psi.

    Also important is to have an intact while nylon sealing ring, on the part of the male threaded fitting where the threads end. I think the sealing rings come in a Dorman 82540 bubble pack, and the larger of the two is the one to install.

    And over tightening the fittings wont stop the leak either.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    I sort of doubt its fixable with JB weld or any epoxy...

    No way is any epoxy going to fix a high pressure hose.
  6. Swift

    Swift FEOA Donator

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    I had a leak at the same spot, the only thing that fixed it was a new hose.
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    There is a nylon o-ring that goes there. A new line will have it. Not sure where you can just get the nylon ring so your kinda forced to get a new line.
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    Swift FEOA Donator

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    I tried replacing the oring 2 times and still leaked.
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    With nylon? Or rubber?
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    The "O"ring that does the sealing is invisible, inside the metal part of the fitting.
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    Swift FEOA Donator

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    The nylon in the dorman pack. I thought that was hose with the ring. Sorry my memory is not the best.
    But the hose with the o ring I replace the ring twice only to end up still leaking.
    First I replaced the hose at the joint by the alternator down to the pump, that fixed the lower leak. Still had leak at joint so replaced that one that goes through the crappy bracket on the left side. So it took two new lines to fix my leaks.

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