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loveQQ 01-08-2011 02:56 PM

what's this metal tube?
 
Focus zetec engine, the metal tube horizontal and parallel to the longer side of engine valve cover, it's above the exhaust manifold.

From the image i linked, you can see it clearly it's the painted black metal tube.
http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/38402939.jpg

there is a small leak, how can i fix it?

thanks!

Djzx3 01-08-2011 03:03 PM

That would be the power steering line, And does your steering feel weird? And where is the hole cause if it's in the metal that runs over the heat shield there? You will have to replace the line.

Welcome to FF, your engine bay is very clean for a 2000, just take the fire wall blanket off on the back there.

Dj

loveQQ 01-08-2011 03:06 PM

thanks a lot for the quick answer, I guessed so, but is there an easy way that I can fix the leak or change the tube by myself?

Djzx3 01-08-2011 03:11 PM

Yea of course you can do the job yourself, and no there is no way to close the hole, the power steering line there is under pressure.

So changing it yourself, rating it from a 1-10 scale...? it's about a 4, I personally think the hardest part is unhooking it from the bottom of the power steering pump. That nut on the bottom can be hard to get at, it might be easier to take the power steering pump out to get to that nut.

Do you have a Haynes manual for the car to help when taking it apart?

loveQQ 01-08-2011 03:24 PM

no, i don't have the Haynes manual, but i have checked the power steering system diagram. I need to get the part first.

Mike_Mac 01-08-2011 04:05 PM

the nut is the hardest part if the line doesn't break off in the fitting on the rack. i would soak everything a day before in penetrating fluid.

Obocecha 01-08-2011 04:16 PM

If you take your passenger side headlight out it's really easy to get at the nut on the pump. The other one isn't hard to get to but make sure to soak it in oil and use a flare nut wrench. Don't be tempted to use a regular wrench on it and risk rounding it off.

loveQQ 01-08-2011 04:38 PM

Thanks for all the answers and tips, I'll give it a try next week OR I have to take it to a shop.

BTW, that picture I LINKED is not from my car, I steal the picture from internet search. The engine bay of mine is much dirtier, plus this power steering line leakage makes it look like a mess.[shameful]

0352marine 01-08-2011 11:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by djzx3 (Post 3515348)
That would be the power steering line, And does your steering feel weird? And where is the hole cause if it's in the metal that runs over the heat shield there? You will have to replace the line.

Welcome to FF, your engine bay is very clean for a 2000, just take the fire wall blanket off on the back there.

Dj

If it's in the metal tube you can fix it if you have a welder and some experiance. Or if you have a torch and a metal hanger you can braze it.

total_telecom 10-20-2012 08:50 PM

Mines Freaking leaking too! So one end of this starts at the pump and the routes around the engine compartment to the rack?

Looks like a major PITA!


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