Steering power hose rusty?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Helen, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Helen

    Helen Guest

    Hi all,

    I have a 2001 Elantra VE and only 39,300km now. Last week I had to
    have the car towed to the dealer since all the steering power fluid
    was gone in one day (I can tell it from my garage). They told me the
    hose was rusty, so caused the leaking. I know nothing about the car
    but I did every maintenance they recommended over years. Just a week
    before the incident, I paid $100 for a maintenance (they called serive
    package#3) to check many stuff.

    Now the replacement of the hose costed me $400. My husband planed to
    buy a SantaFe in a couple of months later and now he doubted the
    quality of parts of Hyundai.

    We are living in Canada (west of Ontario) and we do have much snow and
    salt on roads. But is it normal that a hose can be rusty to leak after
    only 4 years? Dose it mean every 4 years I have to replace the hose?
    Any comments are welcome!

    Helen, Jan 18, 2005
  2. Helen

    hyundaitech Guest

    I haven't seen this in the U.S. on Elantras, but I have seen it on Sonatas.
    It appears that Hyundai puts a rubber sleeve over the parts of the pipe
    that could rub things, and on the Sonatas, it sits in a low spot and tends
    to collect water and the line rusts. The reason that they wouldn't have
    seen it during the routine maintenance is that it's covered by the rubber,
    so they won't even know it's rusty unless there is fluid coming out of the
    rubber. At least, that'll be the case if it's similar to the Sonata

    To Hyundai's credit, the replacement lines on the Sonatas have a sleeve of
    different design that prevents water from entering, so I wouldn't expect
    you'd have to continue the process on your car. I don't view this as a
    product quality issue so much as a design flaw which was later corrected.

    As for the Santa Fe, I think the 2.7V6 is very reliable. The 2.4 seems to
    have significantly more problems, and the 3.5 is too new to draw many
    conclusions, but based on the problem frequency with the XG, I'd expect
    the 3.5 to be less reliable than the 2.7.
    hyundaitech, Jan 18, 2005
  3. Helen

    theta Guest

    There's more than one power steering hose/pipe. What's the part number
    of the hose that got replaced? It shoud be on the copy of the repair
    order you received.
    theta, Jan 19, 2005
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