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Old 09-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Significant Powersteering fluid leak

Hi guys.

My power steering hoses under the reservoir were wet and as a PM I decided to buy a new reservoir and was planning on tackling it this weekend.

Today just as I reverse parked my car I notice a big trail of fluid. I first thought it was oil from the engine. After I parked it, it was dripping significantly into a huge puddle within seconds. When I smelled the fluid I realized that it was p/s fluid. Opened the p/s reservoir and it was empty.

1. Since its now empty, if I were to start the car to roll it onto ramps, would I damage the power steering rack?

2. I took of the airbox to check where the leak is from. Seems like it did not leak from the reservoir clamps. Seems like it started further down. Could it be the connection into the radiator?

3. How hard is it to replace the hoses myself? I have alternator/thermostat/waterpump DIY experience.

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Old 09-28-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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I don't think you'd damage it just as long as you're not steering back and forth and driving for miles. But yeah, definitely start working on it

Replace your hoses to your reservoir also. Best thing to do is while you have it up on the ramps and have good clearance, go underneath and start cleaning everything up with some degrease, paper towels, toothbrush or some kind of brush and some water. After that it'll be alot easier to pinpoint the leak (take a break and check back in an hour or two for the leak)

Hoses aren't that bad. People keep saying that you need a special tool to replace one of the hoses but I've never had to use a special tool...I think it was for the push-fit hose at the radiator area?
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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Since you didn't have the special tool, did you just pull them out? Especially the two going into the radiator? I lost a LOT of p/s fluid in a matter of minutes. could something have come loose?
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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Ideally you're supposed to push the collar in while you pull the hose out. You might need something to help you push the collar in.

Either you have a really big hole somewhere or something came loose. Either way it's time to redo alot of stuff on your '01 since it's about 13 years old. Lots of DIY guides on this forum. Look at Mango's and Jfoj's links. Chances are you'll need to redo your vacuum lines/hoses/boots and coing system if it hasnt been done, but first take care of that power steering issue.
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Ive read their links . VCG/OFHG/CCV/fuel pump/ cooling system/ alternator and suspension done in the last month... this was the last thing I had on my list for this weekend... then this happens.. But I will clean up everything tomorrow and have a look.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Ive read their links . VCG/OFHG/CCV/fuel pump/ cooling system/ alternator and suspension done in the last month... this was the last thing I had on my list for this weekend... then this happens.. But I will clean up everything tomorrow and have a look.
Looks like you're handling it well. Whatever it is I'm sure there's a guide for it somewhere around here.

If you tackled the OFHG recently, this will be cake, albeit a duplication of effort.
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Don't run your car very much without fluid. If you're planning on moving the car a very short distance, I strongly recommend taking the belt off. The car will run fine down the block.
When you run the pump without fluid it can burn up and destroy itself. This can happen in a very short amount of time.
The rack will be fine
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Im going to have to wait for the hoses. Car wont be started or moved till then, but when I do get the parts I plan on placing ramps in front of it and driving onto the ramps. So probably 2 feet. This should be fine right?
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Im going to have to wait for the hoses. Car wont be started or moved till then, but when I do get the parts I plan on placing ramps in front of it and driving onto the ramps. So probably 2 feet. This should be fine right?
Should be fine. If you hear noises, stop and pull the belt.
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Should be fine. If you hear noises, stop and pull the belt.
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Thanks. When I pull the belt, I would obviously have to pull the AC belt as well right?
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Thanks. When I pull the belt, I would obviously have to pull the AC belt as well right?
Not necessarily. You have an auto so I'm not sure but on my manual I can just let the belt hang or secure it to hang on something while the engine runs.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:10 PM   #13
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i have the same problem but cant pinpoint leak. i have to use about 500ml of dexron 3 every 2 weeks but cant see an obiious leak?
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:15 PM   #14
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Not necessarily. You have an auto so I'm not sure but on my manual I can just let the belt hang or secure it to hang on something while the engine runs.
No i have a manual as well. So i will try what you said.

And pyro, it is most likely the hose it self that has ruptured. Remove your airbox and you can get an idea of where its leaking. My reservoir and radiator hoses were not that wet. Best to replace all four.
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