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Power Steering Reservoir hose

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    techman_hou 1993 Emerald Green Escort Wagon Automatic

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    1993 1.9 LX Wagon.

    Recently purchased a Power Steering Reservoir hose from Autozone: Duralast 80166. There was also a MasterPro 80166 from O'reilly and a Plews Edlemann 80166 (NPS 72854) from NAPA . The plastic bag the Autozone 80166 came in had Plews Edlemann as the copyright info of the Duralast bag it came in.

    I was hoping to get a molded hose to keep the OEM appearance of the engine bay. The other Power Steering Reservior hose has a simple 90 degree bend and not available as far as I can tell.

    Yes I purchased based on provided image pricing was about the same across the board ($11.99-$14.69). No local parts houses stock the item anymore and Amazon/eBay has same part # and images for around $20- $30. Maybe the premium priced Gates p# 360900 through O'reilly ($31.99 - "call store for details" usually = not available) or the same Gates part from Rock Auto ($16.72) would have been a better choice. That 360900 number was on the wrap around sticker of the hose I got from Autozone...will have to wait and see.


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    Image (if it makes it through) is my review of product on Autozone:

    Right Bends & Wrong Diameter

    I purchased this hose for my 1993 Escort 1.9. Since it was the lower priced item (although only available in ship to home) most of the available images online used to represent the same hose at other parts houses were the exact same image. The image shows a slightly larger diameter end (on the left in image) and the correct bends as much as one could tell from a photo at the angle presented.

    Sadly the hose O.D. of the purchased hose (0.760") is the nearly the same size as the O.D. of the nipple (0.700") it is supposed to go on. The purchased hose I.D. (0.500") is smaller of the actual diameter of the nipple I.D. that it goes on (0.550"). The I am familiar with "expanding" hoses to fit, but that is usually with a closer overall fit than this hose is capable of.

    The I.D. of the hose on the enlarged end should be about 0.650" to reasonably fit over a 0.700" nipple.

    Power Steering reservoir is in photo on left. The upper nipple in the photo is the one the OEM hose (in middle) attaches to. The Duralast 80166 Hose is on right. Obviously too small.

    I absolutely discourage the purchase of this hose.
    Pros: It has the correct overall form...i.e. bends and length
    Cons: The I.D. & O.D. diameter of the hose is too small and does not match image. Only available in ship to home.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you for the detailed 'review' and information.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    I got mine at a junkyard. Have you tried a Ford dealer?
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    techman_hou 1993 Emerald Green Escort Wagon Automatic

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    Not tried either of those yet. When I was young the junkyard was the first place I went to for some parts on my '74 Plymouth. But mostly body, trim and non critical stuff. Hoses from a junkyard are a possibility, but seems sort of a gamble if "new" stock is available. Of course at some point it might be the only option.

    However, I would like to find a stabilizer bar for front, a stabilizer bar for the rear also, a (hopefully Emerald Green) GT Front clip with OEM fog lamps and an in tact rear wagon bumper. I have wanted the GT front since I bought it due to the fog lamps.

    Then again a Ford dealer is within walking distance. I generally use the dealer as a second to last resort due to the cost of the parts. Not much luck on getting parts from them in the past, their help is very young, but a dealer up the road has mature help and has been helpful in getting "older parts". I might try the dealers now that I have several hoses to replace besides the PS ones. The coolant Heater Core-to-Pipe is a crimped on fitting as well as the other side of my Water Outlet Manifold also has a crimp on straight hose segment.
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    techman_hou 1993 Emerald Green Escort Wagon Automatic

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    Hmmm...Ford Parts refers to a 3D746 "Power Steering Cooler" as a hose and metal tube assembly for the PS Reservoir-to-Rack line...which based on the image runs forward towards radiator support and then back along next to itself towards the pipe that feeds the rack. It is nowhere near what mine looks like (mine is a simple "L" shape that runs directly back to tube that feeds rack) and is listed for the 1.8 engine as well. Might be an upgrade from original engineering though. It is only $188.17 if available. Yeah, I think this piece if I find one in a JY would be cheaper. Then it would haunt me that it is not the OEM "as delivered" in vehicle. Might have to see if there was a recall that added this "cooler" to my 1.9. Having this type of cooler assembly would explain why all the auto parts houses list standard unformed hose as a replacement part # for this hose segment.

    The other PS Reservoir hose is Ford part # 3691 "Power Steering Reservoir Line Hose w/power steering" (Reservoir-to-Pump) is more reasonable at $14.97. This hose should be like my OEM one; unlike the one in picture above that is not enlarged as my original one is.

    These part #'s are based on my 2nd Gen 1.9 Wagon VIN#.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2014

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