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I have a 2003 Ford Escape that is leaking power steering fluid. I replaced the power steering pump and hoses but it is still leaking. It only leaks when the Escape is turned off.

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  • raymond_hick Sep 15, 2010

    It's definitely power steering fluid and I can't find the leak.....that's the problem.

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It might be the rack and pinion kit (seals)

I had this problem 2 months ago... replaced the powersteering pump 3 times until I convinced the mechanics to look at the rack and pinion. there they found the leak, especially when I turned the wheel.. They first kept telling me there was air in the lines and it would go away. but that never happened.

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Do you know where it is leaking from and if it IS powers steering fluid, as automatic transmissioin fluid is the the same color and consistency

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    Luke Bradford Sep 15, 2010

    well the only 4 places that the fluid could be leaking in a power steering sytem is

    1. Reservoir

    2. Pump

    3. Hoses

    4. Power steering rack.....



    What I would be looking at, as long as the replacment parts have been installed correctly is the power steering rack......



    But first, got to your local parts supplier, and ask them if they have a stop leak product for the power steering system......as sometimes the seals harden as they age, these products actually soften the seals and allow them to reseal.....I have found a 60-40 % chance of them working, so this might be an idea.....

  • raymond_hick Sep 15, 2010

    I tried the stop leak and it didn't work but thanks for the info :)

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    Luke Bradford Sep 15, 2010

    In that case, what you need to do is to wash down the area with a high pressure washer, to clean all the remnants of the previous leak, then leave for day or hours (depending on the severity of the leak) and work out if it is leaking towards the front of the engine or the back...if towards the back, i would be leaning towards the steering rack.

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Power steering fluid and trans fluid aren't always same color Luke I bought Preston power steering fluid. For a 2004 ford esape i was working on the other day & it was clear!

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Sounds like you need a new power steering hose. To verify this, I would dry up any wet areas on the hose and pump with a towel, get a flashlight and start the vehicle and try to determine the exact site of the leak which is usually at the ends of the hoses. Good luck!

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check lines and pump make sure its not overfilled.

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