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No power steering

Either my pump or a hose is severely leaking power steering fluid. I plan on getting this fixed ASAP, but is it still safe to drive without power steering for short distances for a day or two until I can get it into my mechanic if I keep feeding it power steering fluid?

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  • Chris James Jan 17, 2013

    I might also add that it is leaking really bad. Maybe a half a second in between drops. I heard somewhere that some power steering systems have some sort of steering gear that also utilizes the steering fluid and if the gear locks up due to lack of steering fluid then that could be really bad.. I'm just not sure if my 99 wranger has this particular 'steering gear'

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Fill it with fluid and look for the leak the system is under the most pressure when the front wheels are all the way to one side or the other..(all the way left or all the way right) if a helper can turn the wheel, you can inspect for the leak to determine where its at..if a hose is craked open, you can cut it and install a ferrule and clamps on it,,if its the pump, it needs replaced..and if the pump growls already due to low fluids it will need replaced very soon anyway..good luck it can be driven carefully but I dont sugest it..

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For the Power Steering Pump, refer to the 1995 ZJ Service Manual (Section-19-Steering / page 9 and next)

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its normally the sterring rack on these.

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