240 Power Steering pipe leaking...what is this pipe for?

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by nordee, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. nordee

    nordee Guest


    I have a '92 240 with a Power Steering fluid leak. I located the leak
    and it's coming from a pipe attached to the Power Steering Rack.

    The pipe runs from the middle of the rack, around the front axle,
    behind the rack, and then attaches to the passenger side of the rack.
    2 questions:

    1) Why does this pipe take such a roundabout route? They could have
    routed it along the front of the rack and made it about 5" long,
    instead of 18"

    2) Does anyone have a source for parts that aren't Volvo official
    (which I suspect are pricey)?

    3) If I make my own pipe (my neighbor has the tools and know-how to
    create a replacement) do I need to make it the same shape, or can I
    just make it as short as it needs to be.

    Thanks in advance!

    nordee, Dec 10, 2007
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  2. nordee

    Roadie Guest

    Good question to ask Volvo engineering. But irrelevant to fixing a
    leak in power steering.
    Have you checked the dealer price? In my area they are competitive.
    If you want non-Volvo check Ebay, Pep Boys and your local parts
    store. For my money the factory parts are the way to go.
    Give it a try I suppose. But be sure to check frequently for leaks.
    Be aware that shade-tree fixes like this tend to fail when you are out
    on the road and away from a repair shop.
    Roadie, Dec 10, 2007
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  3. nordee

    nordee Guest

    Relevant if I want to make my own.

    Do I need to copy the same shape or can I just make it go from point
    to point on the rack?
    nordee, Dec 10, 2007
  4. nordee

    James Sweet Guest

    While I don't know why they made it like this, you can bet there's a reason
    or they would have skipped that step to save money. I recommend copying the
    original as closely as possible, or just patching the leak with something.
    James Sweet, Dec 10, 2007
  5. nordee

    Dlee Guest

    The roundabout route may be for cooling of the power steering fluid.
    Dlee, Dec 11, 2007
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