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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by otterhound, Mar 30, 2020.
When changing power steering lines was a 1 hour or less job . That includes bleeding the system .
Another vintage vehicle thread? IIRC, the first or towards the beginning power steering was electric assist and that most is electric now. I did show my kids how to check the fluid on our older car along with other things I consider life skills.
I did it in 1977, on my 1963 Chevy Impala SS.
Fastest car I ever owned.
I was brave, and mostly broke, and did a lot of my own repairs.
I wouldn’t dream of doing any repairs to my car anymore.
It’s a perfect storm of my tiredness, and ignorance of what’s under the hood.
I used to do everything; when I had to. I have mastered adding windshield washer fluid and occasionally changing wiper blades. The rest is a mystery. I do however refuse to not know how to service my motorcycle. Sort of like packing a parachute.
I can change the blinker fluid, and precious little else.
I can remember the day I realized that my dad was really smart and I was, at 23, still a stupid dumbass kid.
Not me, at 15 my Dad was pretty dumb. By the time I turned 21, it was amazing how much he had learned!
I remember when changing the Power Steering lines was a straight-forward job.
Getting my steering to work properly afterwards ... that was a different thing all unto itself.
My first real job after high school was at a speed shop that at one time was an Alltrans transmission shop. I did a lot of tune ups (points, plugs, condenser, oil, etc...) and a lot of transmission services and re&re. I still gave my line wrench set. Did a lot of power steering lines and the odd pump replacement. Working on cars from about 1980 back was a simpler time.
I can remember when my dad brought me to the picnic but my mom took me home.
I remember when a crack salesman was just a guy who was really good at selling stuff.
I can remember when most cars around here didn't have power steering or autos....
Bought power steering hoses at NAPA . 1 block away and easy walking distance . Cutting to the chase . NAPA return line hoses that are listed for my 2006 Focus have the wrong connector ends on them at the cooler . Returned them and ordered correct hoses from local Ford dealership . Same price roughly and possibly a bit less . I explained this to the NAPA store personnel . I hope they forward this info so some other SOB doesn't have the issue that I did with them . What surprises me is how different they are and still listed as for that particular application .
I remember when you could order a part and received the correct part.
i also remember ordering the ring gear for an early 80’s Cadillac with front wheel drive. The dealership quoted me a few hundred bucks for the part. I called back and asked for the ring gear for an Oldsmobile Toronado. Same part but doesn’t say Cadillac on the label. $100. Sold!
I remember when stores like NAPA had maybe 30 p/s hoses in stock.
They came with some extra fittings and a little tool to bend the steel part with.
One hose would fit 6 or 8 different cars according to how you bent it and what fittings you used.
The correct part was ordered . The listing is incorrect .
Kiss that goodbye with front wheel drive . This thing is an engineers dream and a mechanics nightmare . No doubt that installing the lines are gravy on the assembly line , but after that ........ At the rack , both hoses have hardline bends that only a machine could do accurately enough . Not even close .
That was my exact point.
I am working on a 2006 Ford Focus . Not vintage to me .
With that aside . My ignorance with the connectors that I had to deal with made me rely on visual only . The NAPA fitting may actually work even though it is totally different visually . Now that I have a connector apart , I can see this . There is one thing that I noticed . The Ford connector is a steel part and the NAPA part is aluminum . Aside of the considerable visual differenced , I am aware of galvanic issues when connecting steel and aluminum . Because of that single issue , I am glad that I did the switch even though it may not have been necessary .
I remember when a hoe was a garden tool.