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Re: Power steering leak
Top off resovior with P/S Fluid then get a helper Satrt Engine Have Helper Steer ALL the way to Left and Right while You Look at hoses at Porew Steering Pump and Under Vehicle this way You Should Find it Easy if It Sprays Out Fast it IS the Pressure Side of System. Hope this hepls Please dont forget to RATE ME Thank Tou !!
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The power steering fluid (which is the same color as the auto transmissioin fluid)...can come from 1 of 4 places, the power steering reservoir, power steering pump, power steering rack, or the connection lines........
Where it is coming from will depend whereabouts it is leaking, if it is more towards the front of the car (engine), power steering poump would be the likely option.......however if it is more under the driver/passenger area under the car, this would be more likely be the rack...
I would suggest washing the vehilce down with high pressure wash, inlcuding underbody and engine area......let dry, take for a drive (15-20 minutes), then leaving on reasonably clean driveway/roadway...and see where it is leaking from...what area...then get a torch and trace to where it maybe coming from
The noise is because the oil level is low and the pump is reverburating. Look at the bottom of the steering box, its usually the lower oil seal that leaks. If it is the steering box , then i suggest you take it to a mechanic to replace the seal, because to remove the drag link arm is very difficult without proper pullers.
Your noise is either from old age of the pump or you have an air leak in the system somewhere. Carefully check the lines, pump, rack & pinion and hoses on the power steering system for signs of damp/wetness. If there are no visible leaks, then the problem will be worn bearings in the pump itself.
Check power steering fluid level. Power steering pump provides hydraulic assistance to you brakes. if the level is low, add fluid and check if there is a leak somewhere. If the level is OK, suspect a bad power steering pump. Hope it will help Dan
To find out witch it is,pump or rack and pinion,break loose the presure line on the power steering pump with a wench.Start the car and turn the steering wheel back and forth,you may need to loosen the nut on the power steering hose two or three turns to get the fluid to shoot out.It should come out pretty forceful.If it doesn`t,then replace the pump.If it does come out really powerful,replace the rack and pinion.
A fluid leak that is pink and/or red colored is usually either power steering fluid or transmission fluid. I recommend checking both. You can check the power steering fluid when the car is off. However, the transmission fluid should be checked with the engine warm and idling in neutral. Have someone else step on the brake or use the parking brake and block the wheels while you're measuring the transmission fluid level.
Find the leak and repair it...It is a sealed system, if you are adding large amounts of power steering fluid, it is leaking out somewhere. Hoses, reservoir, steering box, power steering pump are places to check. You should only have to add minimal fluid to the system for the entire year.
The immediate squeal you hear is most probably the unit is out of fluid or has leaked onto the serpentine belt and causing it to slip.
Fix the leak and check your serpentine belt for wear.