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Power steering fluid leak in two places on power rod under truck

Toyota Tacoma, 4x4, 1999, has a severe power steering fluid leak on actuator rod under the truck. I have kept refilling it because as it started out as a drip, then progressively worse until full drain. I get the impression there is maybe too much pressure and no relief from the pump, so it is leaking at fittings & gaskets on the hydraulic horizontal power rod that pushes the front wheels to steer.
I am wondering if the whole horizontal rod needs to be replaced; something else specific; or the pump? I do not want to drive it around to places for estimates.

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  • cobowhunter Jan 26, 2009

    The lines from the power steering do not leak and the pump seems to provide enough pressure, maybe the system cannot handle the pressure though. I am thinking there is something that regulates or limits the pressure from the pump and if that regulating comes from the pump, Mr Scarry could be right. On the other hand, Mr. Scarry is not specific why he would replace the pump and lines and it could be he owns a auto parts house and his theory is start replacing stuff and eventually you will fix the problem.

  • cobowhunter Jan 26, 2009

    If you did not have a rationale or reason for replacing my power steering pump & hoses, you would not get my business regardless of your time repairing autos. If I specifically requested a reason for the diagnosis and you just ignored my request for a logical reason and said, " because that is what I think ". I'd go elsewhere.
    have been a mechanic for 35 years"

  • cobowhunter Feb 05, 2009

    I could be wrong, but considering the knowledge and attitude demonstrated here, I do not see a professional mechanic making a living for 35 years. I may have worked on my own cars as a teenager; plus spent time pumping gas at a garage 45 years ago; but I would not count it as professional experience and call myself a mechanic. I will leave auto repairs regarding components I do not have experience with to the professionals, but I reserve the right to reject a dubious diagnosis or a mechanic that does not make sense. Just my own rule of thumb that has got me by this long.
    Thanks so much.


  • xmk23x Apr 28, 2009

    i have the same problem on my 1997 toyota tacoma 4x4. major leakage down below, right above skid plate, on the left side. Did you solve this problem and how?

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It sounds like tour power steering rack and pinion may be leaking this is what you call the actuator rod.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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I would replace the Pump and Lines. That is the Ultimate Problem. Should be Just fine after. Please rate my response, I need all the Help that I can get! Thanks!

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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    Travis Humphries Jan 26, 2009

    Not Quite Correct. I have been a Mechanic for 35 Years and gave you the Proper Solution to this Problem.................

  • Travis Humphries
    Travis Humphries Jan 26, 2009

    and I would have sent you down the Road to go to another Garage because I would not deal with you

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