TOE THE LINES
DRIVEN DIESEL’S STEERING LINE REPLACEMENT
To anyone who has owned, currently owns or plans to own a 2001-2010 GMC or Chevrolet Duramax truck, there are a few parts you should be prepared to replace at some point in your ownership. While the GM 2500HD and 3500 trucks have been known for their excellent ride quality and durability over time, the independent front suspension (IFS) has become fairly well-known for premature wear and failure with the idler and pitman arms. The front wheel bearings can be something of an issue, and for many, leaking power steering lines at each crimped hose junction and hose ends that will continually weep as the mileage on the truck accumulates.
Diesel shops all over the country are most likely very experienced when it comes to replacing power steering lines on these trucks, so it really shouldn’t be a difficult job to get done locally if you don’t feel confident doing it yourself. Unfortunately, the replacement lines they’ll be installing most likely haven’t been improved, so you may find yourself in this same leaky-hose predicament again before you know it. Knowing the replacement lines could leak again due to their poor design makes it virtually impossible for shops to offer a parts-and-labor warranty, so you, the truck owner, will end up fronting the bill on the same job over and over again. That, or you’ll just get used to a leaky mess under the hood and keep adding power steering fluid whenever you remember to.
For Dennis Schroeder and Nathan Brekken, co-owners at Strictly Diesel in Phoenix, Arizona, this was a conversation they were having far too often with customers and they wanted to solve the problem once and for all. Falling back on all their years of experience engineering, building and selling fuel systems for 7.3L and 6.0L Power Stroke platforms with their other business ventures at Driven Diesel, the two put their heads together to develop replacement power steering lines they could feel confident installing for their customers, finally putting an end to the mess and leaks.
The Driven Diesel power steering lines are made from 100% brand-new, stainless-steel, Cnc-bent tubing sections patterned off the factory lines for a factory-like fit. By opting to use standard 37-degree AN fittings at the connection points, you get a junction that eases installation without worry of leakage. The hose sections of the line kits use the highest quality hydraulic hose available with a flame-resistant outer jacket and a 4,000psi working pressure rating. Best of all, the hose and tubing sections are completely