As a novice to car repair (can change a tire and oil) it was a little daunting replacing the corroded high pressure power steering hose on my 2004 Hyundai Getz 1.6 Sport.
Was a little annoying it had been about a month since the car passed an MOT with no issues.
Corroded High Pressure Power Steering Hose
We were about 5 miles from home and started the car (been parked for an hour or two) and it immediately made a strange noise. In hindsight the noise was the power steering pump with little to no power steering fluid flowing through it: we had a major leak and presumably most of the power steering fluid had leaked out while we were parked.
The photo below shows where the car was parked, the photo was taken a few weeks after the leak!
Ignore all the lichen and moss growth on the car, I never clean her :-)
Since the car still worked I drove the car home, the steering was very tight so was obvious it was a power steering issue, but with only 5 miles to drive home with minimal turns we didn’t have any problems, so didn’t become part of a funny car crash video!
Finding the Power Steering Hose Leak
With the car back home the first step was finding the leak.
I checked under the bonnet and found the power steering fluid reservoir was pretty much empty!
Found the power steering hose and visually checked for leaks (looked for wet patches), found nothing indicating the leak must be under the car. There was a small amount of power steering fluid drips on the floor between the steering wheel and the drivers side wheel.
I refilled the empty power steering fluid reservoir and started the car. Within a minute it had all leaked out!
I put the drivers side wheel on a jack and removed the drivers side wheel. Added a small amount of power steering fluid and started the car, I could see the power steering fluid spraying from the corroded part of the high pressure power steering hose pipe (see early part of my video).
Replacing the Power Steering Hose
Normally with a repair like this I’d take it to a car mechanic, but this is an old car (2004 number plate) which we bought 7ish years ago, it probably isn’t worth £500 and research indicated getting it fixed at a garage would likely cost £300. It was a case of fix it myself or buy a new car.
I’m not a stereotypical male who loves cars, I don’t drive much since I work from home and prefer to walk vs drive, if I could keep the same car for 50 years I probably would.
Searched for a replacement Hyundai Getz 1.6 high pressure power steering hose and only found suppliers charging £200+ for the genuine Hyundai 1.6 hose. Also found plenty of suppliers (especially on eBay) selling the Hyundai Getz 1.1 High Pressure Power Steering Hose for around £70.
This didn’t make sense as they looked like identical parts, after more research I was confident the 1.1 hose (sold on eBay by half a dozen suppliers) would fit the Hyundai Getz 1.6, so bought one.
I was right, the 1.1 high pressure power steering hose fits the 1.6.
Update: it’s been over 3 years since I replaced the Hyundai Getz 1.6 high pressure power steering hose, had no issues to date.