I think it's just cheap parts, but this is driving me nuts. Could something else be causing this?
Almost three years ago in the spring the pressure line on my power steering went. The upper fitting, closest to the pump, was leaking where it met the hose. I replaced it with one from Parts Source.
Last year in the late summer the new hose started leaking. This time it was the fitting closest to the rack. I replaced it with a really expensive GM part because I was in a little town and needed the part right away. The dealership two towns over was the only place close by that had the part.
Now it's leaking again. This time the hose has split about halfway up. I've ordered one from NAPA and arranged for my BIL's garage so I have a warm place to install it. It's going to be ugly because the cold has my arthritis acting up, but it has to be done. I'm going through a quart of fluid every day.
I've never had this much trouble with power steering hoses before. I only recall changing two in my entire life before this, and those were both on old vehicles where the rot had set in. This one isn't even ten years old yet, and the hose life seems to be just a little over a year.
So is something causing this? Is it an indication of some other problem? Am I just having bad luck? Each hose has failed in a different place.
The truck is a 2004 Chevy 2WD with a 4.8 litre V-8. It has rack and pinion steering, but the rack seems okay (I haven't been able to look at it in a warm, well-lit location, but I did crawl under it in the snow yesterday).