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#4722980 - 04/10/18 06:41 PM Dodge Caravan Power Steering Hose
Oldtom Offline

Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 337
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
I am trying to change the power steering reservoir on a 2003 Dodge Caravan. The large diameter ( about 1/2 inch ID ) return line is "welded" to the original plastic reservoir after 15 years of underhood temperatures. A replacement power steering hose is 107 dollars so I am trying to reuse the existing hose. Any suggestions on how to remove this hose without damaging it? I have tried working a thin flat screwdriver and icepick between the plastic fitting and the hose. Would a hair dryer help?

Thank you in advance for any advice.

#4722991 - 04/10/18 06:54 PM Re: Dodge Caravan Power Steering Hose [Re: Oldtom]
Reddy45 Offline

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3028
Loc: USA
There's a tool meant for this. It's similar to what you've been using but is basically an ice pick that hooks backwards. Might be worth the $10 to try one.

#4723015 - 04/10/18 07:12 PM Re: Dodge Caravan Power Steering Hose [Re: Oldtom]
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God bless

#4723027 - 04/10/18 07:25 PM Re: Dodge Caravan Power Steering Hose [Re: Oldtom]
maxdustington Offline

Registered: 01/21/17
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Silicone spray can be used as a penetrant on "rubber" hoses.
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#4723029 - 04/10/18 07:25 PM Re: Dodge Caravan Power Steering Hose [Re: Oldtom]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19346
Loc: MA,
Get some cheap plier covers, wet the connection down with WD40 and twist the hose back and forth.
If you can lift the hose slightly shoot some WD40 in there and continue to twist while pulling.
WD 40 works better than anything I have tried on rubber hose, rubber parts and O rings and will not damage the rubber,
ASE L1, Master. Deutsch Meisterbrief.

#4723623 - 04/11/18 12:50 PM Re: Dodge Caravan Power Steering Hose [Re: Oldtom]
Oldtom Offline

Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 337
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO POSTED. I got a pick set at Harbor Freight and was able to work the hose off. Trav, I did not get to use the WD 40 as the connection was leaking a lot of PS fluid which helped lubricate things. Anyway, I am back on the road and the power steering whine has gone from " Cat in a clothes dryer " to a low hum.

I will do a couple drain and fills with ATF+4 and take a long test drive before taking any long trips.