I just had a similar problem with my 2002 Liberty with 130,000 miles and wrestled with it this past weekend. The symptom was red fluid on the garage floor near the very front of the vehicle.
I traced the leak to a power steering hose assembly. The hose assembly is just behind the driver's side headlight and runs from just below the power steering reservoir to the power steering unit. The hose assembly costs around $200. The guy at the Jeep parts counter indicated that he sells a lot of them.
Replacement is somewhat difficult and it is helpful to have both a metric and inch size crows foot wrench sets to unfasten/fasten the hose. Kind of unusual that one end of the hose fits a metric wrench and the other fits an inch-size wrench. There is a bracket that holds the hose in place and it is very difficult to get access to it. Suggest using an articulating 10mm gear wrench to fasten/unfasten the bracket bolts. It also helps to remove the serpentine belt, front grill, battery, battery tray, horn and driver's side headlight assembly to ease access.
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It is typically the smaller hose coming off the side of the power steering pump, and going straight to the steering rack.
The other line (low pressure) is typically fatter and come back from a radiator at the front of the car.
There seems a distinct possibility your suspicion is well founded...
Fluid quantity is usually quite small so a small leak will soon result in a drop in the level. It isn't unusual for a steering rack to appear wet and oily from a "sweat" or two without actually leaking and there might even be a drop or two of fluid gathered there but it should be obvious to an experienced mechanic what is a leak and what can be ignored.
It is possibly a coincidence and the rack began leaking suddenly during the test but such a leak would be obvious by a fairly constant dripping and a clearly visible oozing of fresh fluid.
The presence of a serious long-term leak is indicated by a distinct lack of road dirt around and below the leak site as the constant flow will wash it clean - and of course the reservoir will need regular topping up.
replace the power steering pump, the hoses are an odd size and you have to buy a wrench for it, the transmission you can change the gasket and filter and replace the fluids,, probably the engine is dripping from the rear main bearing seal, this is best left to someone who knows what they are doing.
Hello! Yes, however it concerns the use of power steering fluid that contains Teflon...The only recommended fluid is Mopar +4 power steering fluid or ATF+4 transmission fluid...If a fluid other than listed above is used power steering assembly can be damaged and requires flushing...
diesels do not have conventional vacuum operated brake boosters. i am not sure what chrysler calls there system, but i believe it is similar to the gm hydroboost system, in which case pressure is created by a pump integral to the power steering pump gives you your assist, and fed to an accumulator on the fluid booster near the master. be very careful when tinkering when these systems, as they can have very high pressures in them even when the car is not running. are you experiencing any steering issues at the same time? check your fluid levels (PS fluid will effect operation) and all the associated hoses and lines, go from there. good luck!
Remove the clamped on hose on the pump (not the one with the pressure fitting), drain into a pan below the vehicle. Replace hose and refill, run and turn steering wheel all the way in both directions (to purge air in system). Do not permit system to run low so add fluid after each time wheel is turned, as needed You cannot remove all the fluid so it is good to repeat this procedure twice. Use a good quality fluid. You don't need much, (usually a quart or less) so price should not be an issue. After your'e finished, drive and re-check level and check for leaks if any.
I would check for leaks. After the car sits overnight look undernieth the cor on the drivers side. You are most likely going to see a tiny puddle of very thin oil. Check the tubing connections at the pump (mounted to the engine on the drivers side) and the front axel. Be certain to use Mopar power steering fluid when topping off. You may also need to get any air out of the system. Jack up the car so that both wheels are off the ground. With the engine turned off, turn the wheels to left and right lock positions a couple times. Lower the car, top off the fluid if necessary & give it a drive. Hope that works for ya.