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I have a power steering leak

My van will only leak when it is warm out but while it is winter and cold out below 20 f it may not leak for a month.

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Find where it's leaking from and fix it.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

  • dan Feb 19, 2009

    find where it's leaking from and fix it.

  • dan Feb 19, 2009

    find where it's leaking from and fix it.

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