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I have to put 1 container of fluid a day in my power steering unit it leaks every time i use the car always on my left side of the car.
Chances are its the rack and pinion, either a seal or one of the power steering lines. The pump is on the passenger side of the engine.
Posted on Jul 13, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Look at the steering rack on the side of the car that you think the leak is, look for the steering rack boot or gaiter, it looks like a black circular accordian type thing.
If this is bulging and leaking fluid the seal in the end of the rack is gone, this is one of the most common faults of leaking fluid and at the rate you are losing fluid, the leak is on the pressurised side of the system after the pump (the seal at the end of the rack)
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
The power steering system is very simple check all of these and you will find it. the pump has a high pressure line and a low/ return line. check for leaks in the line fill-up with fluid with some ne inside turning steering when looking for leaks if none in line check rack and pinnion/gear box. Its just (4) components to check Pump, reservoir, Lines(pressureline/ return line) rack and pinion. Good Luck
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
SOURCE: power steering leak
Depends on the part to be replaced. The pump is pretty straightforward with the correct tools and costs about $60 to $100 if you do it yourself (I own an Intrepid, similar to the LHS and I work on it a lot) . If it's a metal hose, this is going to be about $30 to $50 or more and will need a flare nut wrench, along with other hand tools. If this is attached to the steering rack, you may have to move other parts out of the way. This is not a hard job either, but could be time consuming and be careful not to cross thread the fittings.
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
I almost got this. Does the fluid level go down ever few days with no leaking hoses,no leaking cooler if you have one and nothing coming out of the steering rack boots. It has to go somewhere. if it just comes out the cap the pump is not pulling it and sending it to the rack so you should not have much in the way of power steering. Did you put a new belt on wrong if posible and turn the pump backwards. Only other possibility is a flow blockage. Pull the return line,disable the ignition and crank engine. You should eventually pump fluid completely through the system and out the return line like it was headed back to the resevoir.
Posted on Sep 28, 2009
Testimonial: "Thanks, I will definately try that. I think it is probably flow blockage"
the 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 is noted for having a steering rack problem.
EST $54.99 at your local parts store.
Hope this tip helps.
Posted on Jan 23, 2010
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