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Old 07-25-2012, 10:52 PM
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Default Power Steering Leak!!!

So I have the next couple days off and decided its time to start on the truck. Well last night I put on a new power steering pump and figured it would stop the leak. Tell you the truth it was just a guess and figured I would change that first just to see if it stopped the leak. It did not stop the leak so now I'm moving on to the next thing on the list. First I was going to clean off all the dirt and junk on the pump and around it make it really really clean. Then after it was dry I would put on a fine coat of baby powder on all over the parts where the leak looks like it will be coming from just to try and find where it is leaking. Question one: Is this a good idea? Question 2: Any other ideas to try before this one? Question 3: Would you guys be able to tell me what is leaking if I post a picture on the baby powder when wet with the route it is coming from?
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:18 AM
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Check high pressure hose. It is common for these vehicles to leak here. The nylon washer can be changed sometimes and repair the leak but probally easier to just replace hose to save time, prevent headache, and gettting covered in leaking fluids from prolonged spillage, more than once.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:35 PM
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Default Re: Power Steering Leak!!!

I was going crazy looking for mine. finally took it into the shop and they said there was a line on the rack and pinion that regulates the fluid. Someone had hit the line while off-roading. (Situated on the bottom of the R&P) The line is not visable because of a shroud or something. $500 repair bill.
Hope you have better luck.
Never heard of the powder idea, but that is a good one.
Nothing is better than having your buddy under the truck while you turn the wheels. When he comes up with PS fluid on his face, you found it!
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:55 AM
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My father is a mechanic he gives ideas to me but will not fix or really teach me how to fix it. He learned by doing and wants me to do the same. Guess I can't complain to much at least I learn how to do it.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:30 AM
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Someone give me good news. What is that and why is my power steering leaking from there and how do I fix it?
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:20 PM
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Default Re: Power Steering Leak!!!

Keep in mind that the pump itself only holds some of the fluid. It is pumped into the rack and pinion to operate the hydralics that move the tierod ends thus steering your wheels. This is all very high pressure, so a pinhole anywhere in the system can cause a significant leak. The hoses to and from the pump are the most common places, but the lines in the rack and pinion can leak too. Look for fluid spraying on the inside of the tire walls, or if the bottom of the truck is soaked you are probably looking at the rack and pinion itself. Those are not worth a rebuild, cheaper to replace. Pray for a bad hose!
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:38 PM
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Well I decided to rebuild I think it is only the seal which cost $7.99. I think I will try this route out. Anyways what I did today. I got the gear box out after 6 hours. Yes I know how to take one apart but ran into some issues which caused me to take it all the way out. First off someone tightened it way to tight. Second the front pumpkin is in the way. Third broke my 15 year old pitman arm remover. Fourth the broken remover hit me in the face. Fifth my air compression tank hose blew out at 95 psi and hit me in the chest.
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