Power steering fluid leak after $200 repair day earlier...???
I have a 2001 escort zx2. 137,000 mileage.
2 days ago my tensioner pulley broke. I got it replaced with a new serpentine belt. It also had a bad water pump so we went ahead and replaced it the same day.
Now a day later it's leaking power steering fluid...???
could it be a hose?
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Re: Power steering fluid leak after $200 repair day...
Sure the hose could be leaking, these are the kind of problems that arise in the auotmotive feild of repairs. take a can of brake clean mabey two and clean the area of good , let it run to find your leak rember make sure the fluid is full and overfluid good luck kdc744
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What does the break look like. What i mean is, the way the new belt broke will help determine what is wrong with it. My educated guess will be that the serpentine belt tensioner is siezed. this is what applies pressure to the pulley. have a look at that first.
Locate the serpentine belt tensioner on the front of the engine. The belt tensioner on the 2001 Ford Escort is located directly under the power steering pump and above the air conditioner pump. The belt tensioner has a 17 mm bolt head in the center of the pulley.
First check all pulleys for wobble or looseness. If all pulleys are OK, use the below diagram to put the belt on all pulleys except alternator. Put a wrench on tensioner pulley and pull down until the belt will slip onto the alternator pulley. Check that belt is still on all pulleys before starting. If belt comes off again, one of the components is failing (usually an idler, tensioner or water pump wobbling).
If the belt is loose, that would definitely give you that screech you are hearing...does the sound of the screech vary with the engine speed (in idle)? No matter...the belt should be tight enough that if you press down on the belt, it should move no more than about 1/8 of an inch...another thing you could do is get an aerosol spray called Belt Quiet (I think that's what it's name is), you can pick it up at any autoparts store; what that stuff does is lubricates the belt and pulley to reduce unwanted friction which could also be causing your screech.
As for the power steering pump, unless it was complete,ly dry, there is no need to bleed the pump. Cheers!
The tensioner is between the a/c compressor and crank pulley, below the power steering pump. Use a 13 mm wrench to 'tighten' the bolt in the center of the pulley and it'll move to release tension off the belt.
power steering fluid loses viscosity and usefulness over time- I recomend replacing the power steering fluid, and using Lucas brand power steering stop leak, I swear by that stuff, My old caprice was losing all the power steering fluid EVERY single day! 2 truck size bottles of that gunk from lucas and it worked fine for over a year not so much as a drop. It is also over compressing in the sump, either too much or its foaming cause its broke down.
Get some new fluid in there, top it up with Lucas, and have a nice day!
POWER STEERING PROBLEM - CONTAINER CONSIST TWO LEVELS. SHOULD THE BOTTOM PART BE THE NORMAL COLOUR OF THE FLUID AND THE TOP PART APPEARS TO BE DIFFERENT THEN REMOVE THE CONTAINER AND CLEAN PROPERLY AS THERE IS A SIEVE BETWEEN THE TWO LEVELS WHICH IS BLOCKED. DRAIN OIL FROM POWER STEERING SYSTEM AND REFILL WITH NEW OIL.
iF BELTS WERE RECENTLY CHANGED THEN THE PROBLEM MIGHT LY BY ONE OF THE PULLEYS THAT IS WARN. MEANING THAT THE BELT INBEDDS TO DEEP INTO THE PULLEY AND CAUSE THE BELT TO SQUEL. SHOULD YOU POUR WATER ONTO THE BELT WHILE IT IS SQUELING IT PROVES THAT IT IS EITHER THE BELT THAT NEEDS REPLACELMENT OR ONE OF THE PULLEY PROVIDING THE BELT TENSION IS INSPECT
How much are you adding every 2-3 days? The fluid has to be going some were, to me it sounds like your rack and pinion is gone. I would take your vehicle into a mechanic some were that you trust and have it check out. Having it up on the hoist will be easy to fine the problem. Like I said it could be the rack or maybe there is a small hole in on of the lines. Now the price it could be from 200 - 600 depends on were you go to have it fix. Hope this helps.
ok thees instructions that i have is for replacing the power steering pump but it has a great pic witch shows the power steering hoses i hope it helps
The following procedure requires the use of the GM Puller toolNo. J-25034-B or equivalent, and the GM Pulley Installer tool No.J-25033-B or equivalent.
Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety.
Remove the air cleaner assembly for access.
Release tension and remove the drive belt.
Remove the power steering pump pulley using a suitable puller tool.
Remove the power steering pump retaining bolts, then reposition the pump as necessary for access to the hoses.
Position a fluid catch pan under the power steering pump.
Remove the hoses from the power steering pump and drain the excess fluid into the catch pan.
Be sure to cap all openings in the pump hydraulic system toprevent excessive fluid spillage and the possibility of systemcontamination.
Remove the power steering pump from the vehicle.
Fig. Pump pulley removal and installation
Fig. Exploded view of the power steering pump mounting
Fig. Typical power steering pump hose routing
Position the pump to the vehicle, then uncap and connect the pump hoses.
Install the steering pump to the retaining bracket, then secureusing the retaining bolts. Tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
Install the pump pulley using the GM Pulley Installer tool No.J-25033-B or equivalent. Press the drive pulley onto the power steeringpump.
Hand-tighten the pivot bolt, the adjusting bolt and the washer.
Install the drive belt.
Install the air cleaner assembly.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Refill the power steering reservoir and bleed the power steering system.
Road test the vehicle, then check and top-off the power steering fluid.