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    Power Steering Cooler Hoses

    I've got some major leaking of one of the hoses coming into (or going out of) the cooler underneath the van. I have checked with the dealer and either it has previously been taken care of (bought used) or not a part of the recall notice issed on the hoses. What appears to have happened is the one short 6" rubber hose coming out of the cooler has abraided on the other longer hose (which had the black plastic covering over it) and developed the leak. I would think this is a pretty easy fix but want to be sure its just a matter of getting the right hose and clamps at the auto parts store, working the old off and the new on. If anyone can back me up on this, it would be appreciated.
    2002 Town & Country Limited 150K
    2007 Toyota Avalon
    2002 Honda Accord

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    The hoses split where they make a bend. Just replace both hoses with 3/8 transmission line. You should be able to use the factory clamps.

    My neighbor had a hose split ands leak until it pumped all the fluid out of the power steering system. She had 130,000 miles on the van.

    I would almost recommend that people that want to do a power steering flush drain just replace these hoses in the maintenance of the P/S as the hose will cost you less than $20 from a parts store with just bulk transmission line. Pretty sure its 3/8 inner diameter line. It is sure a lot cheaper to replace these hoses than have to get towed somewhere from a leak.

    My van turned 100K this winter so I will replace mine once it gets warmer.
    2002 Chrysler T&C bought new end of 2001.
    3.8 L 108,000 avg. fuel eco. 22.4

    2009 Pontiac G8 GT fuel economy not determined yet, currently 22 mpg

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    Ill second that. The hoses are at the auto parts store where the trans coolers are. It was about $6 or $7 for a 6 foot hose.
    2006 Chrysler Town and Country Limited with 90k miles.

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    i had the same problem about the return line connected to the cooler .it had a small leak beside the clamp.I made a cut pass the leak and clamped back into the cooler.Its was a bit hard to pull out the hose and to put back in but it does the job.hope so..

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    This problem does not surprise me, the recall/service bulletin for this results in a bunch of zip ties holding everything together under the car.
    2005 T&C Signature Series, 64,xxx miles
    Lots of rust, leaking steering rack, bad rear AC condenser coil, rusted (and replaced) rear brake line. Looking forward to the next failure/defect that this Chrysler will bring into our lives.

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    The recall performed on my van completely removed the finned cooler and replaced it with a looped steel line.
    Back in the day 2000-03 it was not uncommon for 1/2 a dozen or more vans to get towed in to the dealer I worked for with split cooler line hoses on a cold winter day.
    Some of the change up hoses were so stiff you could hardly get them on.
    Rubber fuel line or trans cooler hose is not strong enough.
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