Let me first state that I'm in Australia. My 1995 Subaru Impreza has leaky power steering hoses. The story of how I obtained my replacement part goes like this:
- I went to my local dealership to obtain a replacement power steering hose assembly (Subaru don't offer single hoses)
- Dealership tells me that the part is no longer manufactured
- I then search the internet for an alternative part number
- I find a part number and order the part from a dealership in the US
After a two month wait, I finally received my replacement power steering hose assembly. However, there is just one very minor problem with the replacement that is preventing me from using it. I'll use images to illustrate the problem.
On the new hose assembly, the fittings for the steering rack are not correct (the new fittings are female where as the old ones are male). Everything else with both hose assemblies are identical, it's just the fittings in the pictures that are different. Therefore, my question is, can I still use my replacement part?