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Power steering leaks at seals

If or when your power steering pump starts leaking at the seals you can put a cap full of break fluid in with the power steering fluid it works,as long as you dont wait to long where the seals are completely wore out to bad

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the power steering pump is shooting fluid put of the top .


Start by checking your fluid level. Is the level between the cold/low line and the hot/high line on the dipstick?

If the level is ok, do you currently have power assisted steering? If not, or the pump whines, you may have a blockage in the power steering pump/and/or lines, and should go to the mechanic to fix.

Lastly, if both those above are not the problem, it could be simply that the power steering cap/dipstick doen not seal properly to the power steering housing. There is a rubber or plastic seal under the cap to prevent fluid from escaping. If it is damaged/split/chipped ... you will need a new cap/dipstick.

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Dec 28, 2012 | 2002 Jeep Liberty

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power steering pump replaced, start to work ok, after 10 milles driving, steering wheel is hard, like pump is not working, under hood everything look ok.


YOU HAVE AIR IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM.YOU NEED TO BLEED POWER STEERING PUMP FIRST BEFORE DRIVING VECHICLE.CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID LEVEL ADD MORE POWER STEERING UNTIL REACH FULL COLD MARK..RAISE VECHICLE FRONT WHEELS OFF THE GROUND.START ENGINE LET IT IDLE WHILE TURNING STEERING WHEEL LEFT TO RIGHT NON STOP DONT LOCK OR STOP STEERING WHEEL KEEP TURNING IT SEVERAL TIMES CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID IF LOW ADD UNTIL YOU GET COLD MARK ON DIP STICK DONT OVER FILL POWER STEERING PUMP BLOW A SEAL.IF POWER STEERING FLUID LOOK TAN COLOR SYSTEM FULL OF AIR.TURN OFF IGNITION LET CAR SET FOR A WHILE CHECK FLUID LEVEL.IF STEERING WHEEL FEEL STIFF HARD TURNING DONT DRIVE CAR UNTIL YOU HAVE NORMAL STEERING.IF STILL HAVE AIR IN SYSTEM BLEED SYSTEM UNTIL AIR IS OUT.

Feb 25, 2011 | 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

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the power steering isn't working. The reservoir was empty and I added power steering fluid and it still very hard to steer


YOU HAVE A RUPTURE PRESSURE LINE IF YOU HAVE NO POWER STEERING FLUID IN THE POWER STEERING RESERVOIR.LOCATE LEAK THEN BLEED POWER STEERING SYSTEM BY ADDING POWER STEERING TO RESERVOIR.DONT OVER FILL BY FULL COLD MARK ON POWER STEERING DIP STICK.ADD FLUID TO RESERVOIR WAIT A 2 MINUTES.CHECK FLUID LEVEL AGAIN.WHEN POWER STEERING FLUID LEVEL STOP DROPPING.START ENGINE LET IT RUN FOR 10 SECONDS.THEN TURN OFF ENGINE CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID ADD FLUID IF FLUID LEVEL DROPS. WHEN FLUID LEVEL STOP DROPPING.SAFELY RAISE SUPPORT VECHICLE FRONT WHEELS.START ENGINE.NOW TURN STEERING WHEEL GENTLY FROM STOP TO STOP MEANING LEFT TO RIGHT DONT HOLD IN POSITION.LET THE STOP TO STOP BE QUICK.CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID AFTER YOU HAVE TURN STEERING WHEEL ABOUT 7 STOP TO STOP.WHEN FLUID LEVEL STOP DROPPING YOU AT HOT MARK ON DIP STICK BLEEDING PROCESS COMPLETE.TURN OFF ENGINE LOWER VECHICLE BACK TO GROUND WAIT ABOUT 5 MINUTES CHECK YOUR FLUID LEVEL.IF FLUID LOOKS LIKE A TAN COLOR.YOUR POWER STEERING SYSTEM FULL OF AIR.TURN OFF VECHICLE LET VECHICLE SET A LONG WHILE TO AIR BUBBLES SETTLE DOWN LOOK FOR LEAKS AROUND POWER STEERING PUMP FRONT SEAL AND CHECK FOR LEAKS AROUND POWER STEERING LINES.

Dec 01, 2010 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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where is the power steering fluid located in 96 ford explorer


The power steering runs off the fan belts so it has a pulley usely on the upper right side as you face the vehicle it depends on if you have ac or not but it hoses comeing up to it from the steering box thats at the end of the steering coloum that attaches to the steering wheel follow the coloum to the box then follow the hoses to the steering pump there will be a removable cap on it with a small dip stick that will say cold full and hot full on it put the fluid in there fill to level depending if its hot or cold And all ford power steering pumps tend to leak so don,t be alarmed if you have to add some from time to time see if you can get some fluid that has something called seal swell in it that will help to slow any leaks

Nov 29, 2010 | Ford Explorer Cars & Trucks

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power steering is stiff, if fluid is low can that cause the problem? which holding tank is for power steering fluid.


The tank has a green reservoir cap usually. The cap will also tell you if you are to use hydrualic oil to refill. The brand name is Peltosin and is sold at CarQuest etc. It is expensive, about $15-$20 per liter. You do NOT want to mix power steering fluid (ATF fluid) with hydrualic fluid. Make sure you know what your car requires and make the adjustment to the level as you need. Don't over fill, and keep the fluid from spilling on any painted surfaces etc. Wash with soap and water immediately if you happen to spill. The low level can be the cause of the hard steering, but also make sure the belt is tight and in good condition. It is a good idea to check tire air pressures too. Keep them above 30psi om 14" wheels, and higher as the wheel size increases. If you have 15" or 16" use 34-36psi for better handling and less burden on the power steering system. If the fluid is leaking out on your garage floor, you have a bad hose or pump seal, but the steering rack seals could be leaking. If any of these are the problem, get tha leak fixed asap, and keep the reservoir full so that you don't burn up the pump.

Nov 29, 2009 | 1992 Volkswagen Passat

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