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Re: Power Steering Leak. 1986 Toyota Cressida
The power steering system is very simple check all of these and you will find it. the pump has a high pressure line and a low/ return line. check for leaks in the line fill-up with fluid with some ne inside turning steering when looking for leaks if none in line check rack and pinnion/gear box. Its just (4) components to check Pump, reservoir, Lines(pressureline/ return line) rack and pinion. Good Luck
I bet you have solved this problem by now, but I have an '86 cressida, and I just went though I bunch of repairs having to do with my power steering. The pump would be the problem if you put fluid in and nothing changes before it has leaked out. I also had to replace th pinnion/gear box. I also have to replace the toe, which I haven't done yet, but will be done soon. all together the cost was $880 not including the toe. I bought the car for $1000 so I almost didn't get anything fixed, but Cressida's are good cars, and I hope this will help it last a few more years. Hope this helped if you haven't had it fixed yet. I would like to know what was wrong with yours though, I kind of feel I was scammed.
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one way to find out if it is antifreeze put a little bit on your finger and taste yes it sounds gross but if it is sweet tasting it is antifreezeand that would leave out a coolant leak then go check out power steering leak it also could be the steering rack could have a leak good luck
Most likely the seals on either the pump or the rack and pinion. Could be a leaking hose between the two. Might be a loose or leaking hose connection at the pump or at the rack and pinion. If you lose the fluid in a short period of time it shouldn't be to hard to find the leak, and you are also smelling it burn when it hits the the exhaust pipes. Refill the system and with the engine running have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth while you look at the pump, lines, and at each end of the rack and pinion. you WILL find the leak.
It most likey be the pump and the engine does not have to come out. but it could be a pump houseing or a hose leaking, the only thing to do is keep adding fluid a pump seal is $37.10 put putting it on would cost 2 hours of labor.
Your Camry uses ATF ( Automatic Transmission Fluid). Your going to have to get the leak repaired, common cause is the high pressure hose is leaking and soon it will fail 100% and your going to lose your power steering. Worst is the ATF is flammable and if it hits a hot spot like the exhaust manifold, it will catch fire. Good luck and hope this helps, and don't let the fluid get too low. Low fluid in your steering pump will cause damage.
You probably do have a power steering leak. Check the fluid again, it's most likely low if you are having an increasing problem with it. As the fluid is drained slowly through the leak it allows air bubbles to enter the system and cause it to become sluggish or sticky. Get the leak fixed asap so you don't spend a huge amount on fluid and keep an eye on the fluid level.
I have a leak in my Power Steering fluid as well in my 1990 Toyota Celica, how do I identify where the leak is? - It's a fast leak, I filled it up less than 24 hours ago and it's almost completely empty, also when I make turns it makes an odd sound, which I assume is because of the leak... help please!!