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Power steering leak

Ive burst a seal, the worst of the leak seams to be on the drivers side and the fluid fills up the drive shaft gator. some where any sugestions where/ how to fix it cause there to expencive to get garage to fix,

any advice greatful

ewan

Ps Its a vauxhall astra mk4 but its not on the list....

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  • ewanandkelly Jun 23, 2008

    its def power steering the leak is on the out side of the car on the drivers side the garage said that it would be £400 for the part.

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Are you certain that it's power steering fluid and not brake fluid? Most vehicles do not have any power steering lines inside the passenger compartment but brake or clutch master cylinders can leak through from some vehicles.

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