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My power steering and brakes went out last night; what would cause both those to got out at the same time? There was a puddle of red fluid on the ground. A hose maybe? hopefully?

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  • matt4868 May 14, 2010

    Thank you for the valuable information. It turned out to be a bad fitting on the high pressure hose. Fixed with a new $100 hose and 20 minutes.

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Yes could be a hose to your power steering or a leak some where's. your brake work off of your power steering pump because your truck has a hydraboost and not a brake booster that work's off of vacum, so if it's low on power steering fluid the brakes will not work, to check add fluid to the pump and have some one turn the wheel all the way and hold while you check for leak's, hope this was very helpful,good luck

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  • matt4868 May 12, 2010

    Thank you, Guru. I will check that tonight.

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Power steering fluid is low because the High Pressure Line is most likely bad. . When you say GO OUT, you need to be specific. Like Hard to steer and HARD brake pedal.

Posted on May 12, 2010

  • matt4868 May 12, 2010

    There was no power steering at all. I had to muscle the wheel for every turn. I've had cars without power steering and this was 5 times harder to steer, being a diesel rig. The brakes acted like a no power brake system, I had to stand on them to engage the brakes to stop.

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