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What to look for when power steering and brake fluid both start to leak

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  • mturnupseed Sep 06, 2010

    my brake fluid and power steering fluid started leaking at the same time now when i have to fill one[about once a week] i have to fill the other what should i check to fix it

  • mturnupseed Sep 06, 2010

    my car srarted leaking brake fluid and power steering fluid at the same time every time i fill one i have to fill the other. [about once a week] what's wrong?

  • mturnupseed Sep 06, 2010

    thanks, but you don't think the two problems are related

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If you are seeing fluid on the ground,and it is small puddles,slow leak,you need to find the low spot on the line which should be where the drip comes from for both and try as well as you can to trace it back.You may see lots of fluid on the line towards the rear,very high up.If you see only a little fluid towards the rear end,you should look forward of the spot because the wind will push the fluid back.If you see fluid coming from high up on either side,front or rear,and cannot find the leak,wipe off the whole tube and go check it at about 10-15 minute increments.Eventually,it will leak and provide you a trail.If it is a fast leak,wait only a couple of minutes at a time to check.If you are not sure where the 2 fluid reservoirs are,they should be clearly marked plastic tanks under the hood but it sounds like you do know that already.Good luck! Greg

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Usually it's the seals in the PS (Power Steering) pump that wear out and cause the leak. You can either rebuild the PS pump yourself by getting the seal kit or buy a new/reman pump.

There a a wide variety of possibilities: pump,rack,pressure hose, return hose, reservior are your main components. Fill the system up, have someone turn the wheel back and forth while you look for obvious leakage. If none, hold the wheel sharply for short bursts while you look. If still nothing, get some dye and add to it and check every 10 miles until you see it. If all else fails let a real mechanic fix it for you.

You can also add some flourescent dye to your reservoir and check the source of the leak with a UV light. Also replaced some of the hoses. The techincal said the reason was the fluid never got changed. Word to the wise: flush the power steering fluid and the brake fluid regularly even though the manual doesn't say so.

Hope helps.

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Hi. The best thing to start to look with are the hose's.

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Hi! On the power steering you can check the hoses from the power steering pump to the rack and pinion oil seals. If its the fluid, open the hood and check the brake master cylinder if its leaking fluid. YOu may want to check underneath the car if there are leak on the wheels. If there are then it's gotta be the brake piston seals. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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  5. Verify power steering fluid level per operating specification.
  6. Start the engine. Rotate steering wheel from left to right. Check for sign of cavitation or fluid aeration (pump noise/whining).
  7. Verify the fluid level. Repeat the bleed procedure if necessary.

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