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I have a '96 Acura TL 2.5 with almost a quarter of a million miles on it. It's effectively driven to the moon.

I've identified the hole in a power steering hose which is leaking like a sieve. I can't really afford to to replace the hose right now, so I need to patch it, or keep buying fluid by the gallon.

I'm thinking I can find some kind of hose barbs (preferably one double sided one) and then use hose clamps on either side.

Can anybody offer any pointers before I go for broke and cut the hose?

Specifically I really need the inner diameter but appreciate all advice.

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Is it in a pressure hose or a return hose? That's going to make all the difference. Pressure hose will have crimped fittings on both ends of the rubber portion.
 

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Is it in a pressure hose or a return hose? That's going to make all the difference. Pressure hose will have crimped fittings on both ends of the rubber portion.
I think it's a pressure hose.


EDIT: I don't know. It runs run from the pump around the top of the fan, and I can see the fluid pulsing out.

I think I'm probably lucky that the break is at 12 o'clock and mostly accessible.

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If it's a pressure hose, there's nothing you can do. If you try to cut the hose and clamp it, you're going to be in for a lot worse leak than you imagine.

I remember one time about 25 years ago when I was in college, and I was helping a friend finish up a motor swap...they had it in and done, but the car wouldn't start. Turned out the distributor was hooked up wrong.

Anyway, I was filling the power steering up (it was dry), and all of a sudden, BANG....the hose flies off and sprays power steering fluid everywhere. Turns out one of the guys helping him do the job did exactly what you're thinking about doing....cutting and rejoining the power steering pressure hose.

My suggestion? For now, remove the belt and drive the car without power steering until you can afford the part. It'll be harder to steer, but it's about the best alternative at this point.
 

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If it's a pressure hose, there's nothing you can do. If you try to cut the hose and clamp it, you're going to be in for a lot worse leak than you imagine.

I remember one time about 25 years ago when I was in college, and I was helping a friend finish up a motor swap...they had it in and done, but the car wouldn't start. Turned out the distributor was hooked up wrong.

Anyway, I was filling the power steering up (it was dry), and all of a sudden, BANG....the hose flies off and sprays power steering fluid everywhere. Turns out one of the guys helping him do the job did exactly what you're thinking about doing....cutting and rejoining the power steering pressure hose.

My suggestion? For now, remove the belt and drive the car without power steering until you can afford the part. It'll be harder to steer, but it's about the best alternative at this point.

agreed with you !!
 
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