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Steering fluid liquid is leaking on the alternator. how do you clean it

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    U REPAIR THE LEAK THEN USE ENGINE CLEANER AND WATER TO CLEAN UP THE MESS.

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Address the leak, power steering fluid is flammable and you may have a engine fire if the fluid run's in to something hot enough to flash the fluid to ignite. You can spray brake parts cleaner to clean the area before you start the repair. Good luck and hope this helps, note there will be lots of mess under the car. 

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