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I can solve a small hydraulic leak in the guide with a sealant additive?

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No, it may slow it down but it will come back then the oil may cause the silicone to swell and make things worse. What guide are you referring to? Are you looking at a leak in the clutch slave cylinder or in the power steering unit? If you are talking about the steering unit there will be too much pressure there for a patch to stop a leak,,, sorry.

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