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    Default Power Steering Line Dilemma

    Hello to all my fellow Grand Marquis owners. I am faced with a dilemma on my 85 Grand Marquis.

    My high pressure hose started leaking. I removed it and located a small rip/hole.

    I purchased an Edelman 71044 high pressure hose from RockAuto. All hoses on that site seemed to have the same stock photo.

    It arrived and it was not the right thread pitch on the pump side.

    In fact it looked entirely different.

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    So I went to my local auto parts store and unfortunately they had the exact same hose that I got on RockAuto, which wasn't going to arrive for another few days and was 3 times the price of the one on RockAuto. Forget about it. Fail.

    No big deal, I told them to bring out a power steering pump they had in stock. My RockAuto line wouldn't thread into the pump. Fail.

    In my years of ownership I have never replaced the pump.

    For now I just mickey moused it, cleaned the line as best as possible and smeared some gasket maker on there, then wrapped it with some tape. Its super ghetto but as long as there isn't power steering fluid being flung all over my engine bay I'm ok for the time being.

    Could it be that the previous owner replaced the pump and line with something of a different year?

    Does my original power steering hose look like the right one?

    If someone has any recommendations on what I can do, I am open to suggestions.

    Thank you.
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    As luck would have it, I happened to have that exact hose sitting in the trunk waiting to be installed. So I went out to the garage and took it out to compare with the current, probably original hose.

    Edelman 71044 High Pressure Hose, fresh from Rock Auto:



    Here it is beside the high pressure line currently installed on my car:



    I also happened to have a reman power steering pump from O'Reilly, which I was able to thread the Edelman line into:



    So I think the 71044 hose should be correct, though it's strange that it wouldn't thread into the store's pump either. My service manual shows the Ford CII pump as being common across all Panthers in '87, though the non-Police Fords and Mercuries (Mercurys?) are listed as pumping slightly less than the Police package variants and Town Cars. Perhaps '85s had some variety in which pump was installed, or as you say a previous owner might've swapped it over.

    I don't know enough to give you a definitive answer, but these pictures at least show you what I'm working with. Hopefully that's somewhat helpful.

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    Sluggish91 - there is a separate part currently screwed onto the end of your current hose. Get a wrench on it and a wrench on the hose fitting and they will unscrew from each other. I think that's some kind of regulator that basically lets them use the same pump on many applications by varying the power assist.
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    Tiggie is correct. I had to remove this piece when I replaced the pressure hose on my '90 GM. Two wrenches is all you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Sluggish91 - there is a separate part currently screwed onto the end of your current hose. Get a wrench on it and a wrench on the hose fitting and they will unscrew from each other. I think that's some kind of regulator that basically lets them use the same pump on many applications by varying the power assist.
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    the pump fitting is still attached to the old power steering hose.

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    Thanks guys, I completely overlooked that small detail! I'll get to wrenchin & report back with my results.
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    change the O rings on the pump fitting before you put it back on otherwise its probably going to leak.

    No better time to change the body O ring either if thats leaking.

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    Hey there friends, just wanted to report back with some success. Everyone was right, I still had that one fitting attached to my original hose, which is why it looked completely different. I removed it and it screwed right on to the Edelman hose I had from Rockauto.
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    All cleaned up. No more power steering fluid spraying all over the engine bay!
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    Thanks to everyone that replied for helping me. You guys are always a great help when I am feeling defeated.

    Cheers!
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    Ah, nice and clean and "spray free" - NICE WORK!
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    I hate power steering leaks. That awful noise the pumps make when they get low puts my teeth on edge.

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    Leaks bad. No leaks good. Hurray for no leaks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Sluggish91 - there is a separate part currently screwed onto the end of your current hose. Get a wrench on it and a wrench on the hose fitting and they will unscrew from each other. I think that's some kind of regulator that basically lets them use the same pump on many applications by varying the power assist.
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