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 Post subject: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:51 am 
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Hi. I was driving home from work last night and when i got home i noticed some oil on my driveway. I had a quick look at it and it was clean and red in colour which led me to believe it was power steering fluid.

So this morning i got under the car and had a look and found aq slow drip from a cable that comes out of what i can only asume is the power steering pump. Heres a pic:

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its leaking from the rubber part (circled in red). Just woundering, what is this part called? so i can replace it? Any ideas if there is anything i could use to stop the leak?

Also should it be fine to leave it like that for a while and just top up the fluid if needed? The leak is fairly slow, or could that do damage?

Thanks in advanced.

OH By the way the car is a ED falcon
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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:38 pm 
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Thats the power steering pressure switch. A pretty common fault on these as they age.

I'd be getting a new switch from Ford (they aren't that expensive) as you will find at some stage the thing may go pop and pump all your p/s fluid all over the engine bay.

Bit of a prick to change, but there are plenty of threads on here that will give you advice on how to do it quickly and painlessly!
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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:07 pm 
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i just got 2 for our au and ba $22 each from repco
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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:23 pm 
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bazz wrote:
i just got 2 for our au and ba $22 each from repco


That was a good price you got Bazz, they are $66.00 from Ford. :roll:
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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:42 am 
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Thanks for the advice guys. appreciate it =p
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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:45 pm 
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oh and they are not too hard if you can move your arms around. We just changed one in about 10 mins and that was not done on a hoist but on a trolley jack as you can only do it from underneath

 

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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:15 pm 
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comhelp wrote:
oh and they are not too hard if you can move your arms around. We just changed one in about 10 mins and that was not done on a hoist but on a trolley jack as you can only do it from underneath


EA to EL can be done from the engine bay.....AU onwards..from underneath.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:20 pm 
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yeah could be. The vehicle that we done that on was a panel van and everything seemed to be backwards on that :roll:

 

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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:13 pm 
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Well i just got a price from repco, $21 not to bad. Just woundering, is the switch just the black square looking thing, or does it include the hose that connects to it? The leak seems to be comming from just above the square thing, so would i have to replace the hose that connects to the sqaure thing? if that makes any sense?

cheers.
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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:32 pm 
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it's not a hose, it's just a rubber sheath around a cable and the plug

 

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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:32 pm 
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Also, i couldn't find any info using the search function on how to replace it. Do i just unscrew the metal thing that its connected to that goes into the pump and pull the sensor off ? and when i fill the fluid back up does it need to be bled or anything?

Any help much appreciated, need to replace asap, leak is getting worse and some of the oil got on the cat and started to smoke which cant be good lol.
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Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:30 pm 
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it's the steering rack not the pump.
you unplug the sensor by pulling off the injector style metal clip then unplugging it, then unscrew it, then screw the new one in and plug it back up, being sure to replace the clip.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:52 pm 
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cheers. I will definately have to replace it tomorrow. On the way home from a friends house the cat caught fire! lol. So glad i had a fire extinguisher in the trunk, put it out before it did any damage.
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 Post subject: Re: Power stearing Leak
Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:20 pm 
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Replaced today, was alot easier than i thought. Just screwed it off, removed clip put new one on replaced clip and filled back up with fluid. Steering works better than ever now, doesnt make any noises or shudder when i do a full lock =P

Was funny i tried for for the part and they wanted $70, tried auto pro and they wanted $60, and they wouldnt believe me when i said repco has them for $21!

Realy makes me wounder what the purpose of this is, seems to me it would be better if it was just sealed off, just another part to go wrong :(
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Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:42 pm 
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it senses the pressure of the ps fluid in the rack, so the car can raise the revs when you are steering at idle.
i had mine blocked off when it was pissing out and i needed the car, never bothered replacing the sensor and the car never stalled while parking or anything.

 

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