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My 04 volvo xc90 leaking power steering fluid at night

I found a puddle of power steering fluid on the garage floor after filling it the night before upon hearing a loud power steeing noise while driving. i saw the power steering fluid on the electrical connections that were close to the reservoir. is it easy to replace the reservoir or hose? would I need to bleed the power steering system?

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  • OKNUKE Jan 06, 2009

    I have the exact same problem with my 2004 XC90 T6. I'm not sure of the source, IE: if it's a hose, res, etc. This far I really can't tell but am trying putting Lucas Oil power steering stop leak as I hear it is really great stuff.


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I have the same problem with 05 XC90 2.5T.. It seems like there is a problem with the power steering pump. And the only way to fix it is to change the pump. Now i'm trying to use the lucas stop leaking thing as well and will see what happens.

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  • sanchotx Nov 19, 2010

    Same problem on my xc90. I'd replace the problem and not let it fester. The shop near my house (firestone) told me 5.5 hours to replace the hose and fitting at about $100 an hour. Here's what I'd do: Clean the engine in the area of the leak (wipe it down with rags or use a degreaser and hose it off - just be careful with the water). Get some dye made specifically to diagnose leaks and pour it into your reservoir. start the car and turn the wheels back and forth for about 30 seconds. turnd the engine off and look for any area where the bright dye might appear. If it's at the hose/fitting either replace it yourself of have a mechanic handle it. If it appears on the pully, it's probably a seal in the pump. Replacing either is not too difficult if you have any experience replacing bolt-on engine parts. The pump is easy to find - the hose might be a different story.

  • whosurpopi Dec 15, 2010

    I just found my leak, it was the larger of the two hoses that goes into the resevoir. It was not even snug let alone tight. I tightened it and it appears to have fixed the problem.


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1999 Volvo s 80 ~ my power steering O ring has warn out~ I am trying to replace! Local parts dept says one does NOT exist~ that mine is actually D shaped! Help~ my mechanic says~ ALL I need is the RING not all the other stuff.

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