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gnhovis
02-25-2008, 07:03 PM
I had a leaky power steering hose on the E30 convertible the other day. It's the low pressure hose, 16x22 which retails from $20 (Pelican) to $28 (Bavauto). I had some 5/8 inch heater hose available so I used that temporarily. Can I leave it or do I need to replace my $1.36 heater hose with some $28/meter low pressure power heating hose? Pros/cons/just not a good idea....

Bruce N
02-25-2008, 10:25 PM
Definitely replace it with the proper hose. Heater hose is not rated to carry oil and will become soft and fail. Okay for an emergency but not for the long term.

John in VA
02-25-2008, 11:24 PM
I concur with Bruce. The right stuff is a bit pricey, but should last another 15-20 years!

orijinal_poser
02-27-2008, 05:12 PM
the correct stuff doesn't have to be pricey ;)

i stopped by a local hydraulic hose shop and picked up 1 foot of 1/2" ID hose for like $4. should easily hold a few hundred PSI, which is still overkill for the low pressure side PS hose.

search around and contact local hydraulic hose shops. you should be able to get proper hosing for cheap. just use regular worm gear clamps and you'll be fine & leak free.