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Power steering fluid leak back side engine in the middle of van

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I just repaired a leak in my 1995 Windstar power steering system. The leak was toward the back of the engine but more toward the right (passenger side) of the car. There's not much clearance so I had to jack the front end up just to be able to look underneath. In my case the rubber hose had come off the metal tubing portion of the high pressure hose near the right wheel.

Fortunately, it had a screw type hose clamp, and barely enough working room, that allowed me to reinstall and tighten without having to remove the hose assembly. Yours sounds like there may be a break in the metal tubing, in which case the hose assembly would probably need to be replaced. Hopefully not.

Another thing that may come into play is whether the leak is on the high pressure side or the low pressure side. It seems that the high pressure hose assembly is long and winds in and around the engine. Probably a real dog to replace. Bottom line is you need to locate the leak and that will determine which hose it is and whether you need to replace or not.

I realize that this question is a few months old and has probably been corrected by now but, for others who may experience similar difficulties, have confidence, power steering systems aren't all that complicated and, usually, are not too difficult to repair. Hope this helps. - David

Posted on Feb 06, 2011

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