Well, from what it seems, it'* one of the easier problems that could have come about. It'* still a pain in the ***, as I'm getting on a flight on Wednesday, and I don't have any trustworthy mechanics in the area. So, anyways, I guess I should give this a shot myself, given the circumstances. What do you think?
here'* some pictures of what I'm dealing with...
short of replacing the hose, get yourself a chunk of rubber hose (about the same diameter) and some hose clamps or in a pinch, wire ties, from a parts store. Slit the rubber hose lengthwise, place over bad spot, and hose clamp it.