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I currently own a 2002 Kia optima lx 4 cyl. but the p/s return hose needs to be replaced due to leaking p/s fluid. My dealer does not have this part for another 2 weeks. Is there a temporary remedy for this till the part arrives? Is there any reputable online auto parts websites?

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Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Maria Martinez, Unfortunately, you can't patch a power steering hose. The only thing you can do is try not to drive your vehicle too much. If you do need to drive it, make sure the power steering fluid reservoir is filled up to the required amount. If you don't know how to do this, ask someone to point out the power steering fluid to you. Make sure you don't overfill the reservoir. (This is a pressurized system and liquids don't compress.) You may be able to find a "generic" hose for your car in a parts store. The dealership probably needs more time because they are getting the hose that is manufactured for your particular vehicle. If Kia is doing this repair under warranty, you may just want to wait for them, unless you have a long trip coming up or you have a really long commute to work or school. Suzanne

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