96 Cobra power steering issue... what is this line? can I replace it?

calmlikeabomb

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Hey everyone! Quarantine has allowed me some time to work on my old Cobra that I've been neglecting in my garage for a while now. I noticed it was leaking power steering fluid, so I bought a new pump and lines and after swapping the pump, I saw it was leaking from a specific line that I didn't have the parts for. I've attached a picture of the culprit with the pinhole leak, complete with arrow pointing to the offender.

I'm thinking this goes to the racks, but I'm not 100%. My automotive knowledge is limited to what I've worked on and trial and error unfortunately. Is it possible to splice this line? If so, is there a specific type of line I should be looking for? When I showed a picture to my co-worker, he seemed to think I could splice something in. And if I needed, he'd loan me some flaring tools and whatnot.

Any thoughts? Thanks so much!
 

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o willingham

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Hey everyone! Quarantine has allowed me some time to work on my old Cobra that I've been neglecting in my garage for a while now. I noticed it was leaking power steering fluid, so I bought a new pump and lines and after swapping the pump, I saw it was leaking from a specific line that I didn't have the parts for. I've attached a picture of the culprit with the pinhole leak, complete with arrow pointing to the offender.

I'm thinking this goes to the racks, but I'm not 100%. My automotive knowledge is limited to what I've worked on and trial and error unfortunately. Is it possible to splice this line? If so, is there a specific type of line I should be looking for? When I showed a picture to my co-worker, he seemed to think I could splice something in. And if I needed, he'd loan me some flaring tools and whatnot.

Any thoughts? Thanks so much!

That line is connected to the steering rack. I would replace it. You may be able to find one on at summitracing.com, lmr.com, or Americanmuscle.com. You may get lucky and get one from a wrecking yard too. If you need used, try car-part.com.
 

calmlikeabomb

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That line is connected to the steering rack. I would replace it. You may be able to find one on at summitracing.com, lmr.com, or Americanmuscle.com. You may get lucky and get one from a wrecking yard too. If you need used, try car-part.com.
yeah, I found out that it wasnt too expensive to just get a remanufactured rack. It only set me back $120 from my local NAPA. Truthfully, looking at how floppy the tie rods were... it probably needed to be replaced anyway. it as only a matter of time before it REALLY failed. A bit more challenging to do than I was hoping for, but workable.