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Power steering leaking through cap.

Changed reservoir as thought seam cracked, stopped for a short time, now leaking again.
Fluid coming from top of reservoir.
Steering does not feel as positive

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  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland May 11, 2010

    is it full of air when you run engine,,

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Too much air in the system. Bleed the lines on the rack &pinion.Have someone turn the wheel while you have the connections loose.Only do one line at a time.

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The other reservoirs will hold water for the windscreen washer, and one connected to the radiator to hold coolant.

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WARNING :POWER STEERING FLUID, ENGINE PARTS, AND THE EXHAUST SYSTEM MAY BE EXTREMELY HOT IF THE ENGINE HAS BEEN RUNNING. DO NOT START ENGINE WITH ANY LOOSE OR DISCONNECTED HOSES. DO NOT ALLOW HOSES OR POWER STEERING FLUID TO TOUCH HOT EXHAUST MANI FOLD OR CATALYST.
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