Question about 1999 Dodge Durango
The fluid is shooting out of a hose or the steering box input shaft seal. These seals are under high pressure when the wheels are turned. And when they leak, the can spray fluid several feet. The fluid is traveling back to the exhaust as well as other heated components and this is why you have the smoke coming from unusual places. An inspection of the hoses is the first place to start, they will leak right from the crimped coupling on the end of the hose as well as at or near the bends of a hose. The seal will be easy to spot leaking when you look at the gear box while someone turns the wheel. I recommend goggles for eye protection while performing this inspection.
Posted on Nov 09, 2010
The Transmission line goes into the lower part of the radiator and comes out the other side of it to cool the fluid. That's what it sounds like is leaking from yours. It's a metal fitting in and out of the radiator and changes to a rubber hose to return to the transmission.
Look for the power steering reservoir to see if it's leaking
Posted on Nov 09, 2010
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The items you will need include basic hand tools, shop rags, gloves, drip pan, fluid suction gun, power steering pump pulley removal tool, power steering pump pulley installation tool, power steering fluid, and a Haynes manual.
Use a suction gun to remove the power steering fluid.
Position a drip pan under the pump and disconnect the high pressure line and fluid return hose. Cap the ends of the lines.
Loosen the serpentine belt and slip it out of the power steering pump pulley. Replace any worn belts at this time.
Remove the bolts and nuts that hold the pump onto the engine.
Remove the pump. Now remove the pulley from the pump. To do this, use a power steering pump pulley removal tool. If you don't have one, you can rent one from Advance Auto Parts.
Remove the nuts to detach the pump from the brackets.
Reattach the bracket to the new pump. Reinstall the pulley.
Bolt the pump back into place. Slip the belt back onto the pulley and retighten. Reattach the high pressure line and return fluid hose.
Now fill the power steering fluid reservoir until it reaches to the proper level. Now start the vehicle. Recheck the fluid and add if necessary. Turn the wheels left and right a couple of times. So that's it, you are done. Test the vehicle to make sure it functions properly.
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