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Power Steering Problem

I have a 99 cavalier that has had the power steering pump replaced every 6 months and it still has a leak. Have there been any problems like this? What can I do to find and fix this leak?

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  • beckmandj Aug 29, 2008

    Not sure if the rack and pinion have been replaced.

    It was in a minor accident damaging the right front fender which I think is where it is leaking from. Every shop it has been taken to has just replaced the pump.

  • Coss May 11, 2010

    Has the rack and pinion ever been replaced?

    Was it ever in an accident?

    Where is it leaking from?



    Replacing a pump every 6 months is very unusual.

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Does the pump it's self leak or are just having to add fluid constently?

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

  • Ronald Mueller
    Ronald Mueller Aug 29, 2008

    due to that small accident a line could be split just enough to leak or you could have a cracked fitting. my suggestion would be to go to a self serve car wash and power spray the whole area. this will most definitely get rid of the old fluid around the area. it will better help you to pin point the location of the leak. never in my whole life have i heard having to replace a pump for the same problem more than once on the same vehicle. As far as the rack and pinion unit. these are notorious for having the hoses leak due to age and the heat that it gets from the position it's located at. hope this helps you out.

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