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Dakota power steering leak

I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota 2 WD 4.7 L. V8 that leaks power steering fluid out of electrical connection at top of metal hose fitting on high pressure side. I don't want to break the plastic fitting by trying to tighten, what should I do? I put in Lucas stop leak, but still seeps.

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  • kentandjoan Apr 14, 2009

    How does the switch come out? It's plastic and don't want to break it. Perhaps I can just replace the o-ring seal on it. Local dealer said they have never replaced any?! Thanks for your input. Don't want to pile any more money into the gas hog.


  • kentandjoan Apr 15, 2009

    Thanks, but on further cleaning and inspection, I think the leak may be from around pump, fluid gets whipped around by fan. It makes a whining noise when it's cold in the morning, so may need to replace the whole darn thing soon unless the Lucas fixes it.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    how to bleed air out of my power steering lines after doing service ion a hose leak

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That's the power steering pressure switch and it is very easy to replace. I don't know how much the part is, but it cant be very much. It's a very simple switch. I'd just replace it.

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  • chryslerpro Apr 15, 2009

    It threads in. Just under the electrcal connector is a nut lookin' thing. Under that, there's a smaller nut lookin' thing. The bigger one is part of the sensor and the smaller one is part of the line. Make sure you use a second wrench to hold the line in place. I'm not sure if there's an o-ring on it or if the use some sort of thread sealant, but I'd expect the new sensor to come with one or the other. You'll need to check yours to be sure though. Also, make sure, if there is an o-ring, that it doesn't stay in the line. I wouldn't recommend replacing just the o-ring or resealing the threads simply because you said it's leaking through the electrical connector. A new seal around the threads will not prevent this. Good luck and don't forget you may need a splash of fluid. The service manual specifically says NOT to use trans fluid.

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