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Leaking steering rack

Power steering fluid gushes from the top of the rack but can't see the source from under the vehicle.

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    egrossman749 Nov 06, 2012

    Turns out the exhaust pipe rubbed a hole in the power steering fluid line.



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Worn seal on pinion top in steering gear assembly unit (the piece connecting to the steering column). Don.t know whether you can teplace it (depends on your location but not difficult if you can find replacement.

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SOURCE: My 1999 vw Bug keeps leaking out power steering fluid .

Well sounds like your pressure side of the powersteering has blown the hose.. you need to order a new pressure hose from the parts store and get it replaced and refill the powersteering tank.. Thanks jerry ...

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SOURCE: power steering fluid blowing all over engine compartment

somewhere there is a air leak on the suction side of the pump.  Try tightening the clamps and connections.

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SOURCE: power steering fluid on the ground. (1998 jetta gl)

you have a rack and pinion problem

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SOURCE: Power Steering Leak - 2001 Passat Wagon 1.8T

Use ATF fluid.. as long as its full.. it'll be OK..

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SOURCE: 2001 jetta Power steering fluid leak

A power steering system has a rack,fluid tank with hose to pump,pump,high pressure in hose and a low pressure return hose to tank. I f you say theres no leak at the rack that only leaves those other conponents. I would check the pump its self and the high pressure hose where it leaves the pump. It may also be leaking at the tank, where the hose leaves to the pump because it is only fastend down with clips and they can come loose or the hose can split. hope this helps

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