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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:25 pm 
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Hey guys,

When I arrived home today my steering was making a droning sound as I turned in, so I knew something was up. I popped the hood and there is barely any fluid left in the pump. My level is usually perfect and consistent so this doesn't make a lot of sense.

The power steering pump I bought 11/10/05 and was installed on 20/10/05 by a mechanic. Also purchases a "hose pwr strg return" hose (is that high pressure hose?) on 18/10/05 and I'm guessing that was also installed on the 20th.

I cannot see any residue immediately around the unit itself, though the cap was a little moist (but the cap came new with the AU spec one I purchased last year).

So what's the go people? Where should I look, what's the most common cause of this? I'm yet to get it up on the stands, but I will tomorrow if you guys know where I should be looking.

I got work tomorrow night, and my first date since breaking it off with my X on Friday night, so it is quite urgent.

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:41 pm 
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may have burst the high pressure line. going by what you said, your mechanic replaced the pump and the return hose.

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:44 pm 
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On this receipt of where i got it installed, it has "low hose", is that another term for the return hose that I bought? It was a year ago so it's hard to remember if this "low hose" is what i provided for him to install, or not. I cna't even remember buying this return hose from Ford, lol, and yet I have the receipt.

What's my best course of action?

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:46 pm 
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Any fluid on the ground?
Or along the chassis rails/underside of the car?
Don't recommend you drive with an unknown powersteering leak, that s**t is highly flammable if it gets on extractors/exhaust.
Could be powersteering pressure switch, they are known to split.

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:50 pm 
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chances are the knuckle on the back of the pressure line has crapped itself.

look for wet patches (ill be nice) or any evidence of it leaking.
it could be leaking from the pressure switch on the rack, or even from a boot.

I doubt the grease monkey replaced the pressure line as they're $140 odd from fraud and a bit of a pain to do (more than 10 mins =P)

I've had 2 guys at work within a week with pwr steering prblms one was the pressure line and the other one was the canister seal on the pump itself... must be that time for pumps to go :/ *awaits*

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:53 pm 
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Well mum has been reporting "oil" on the driveway and there has been a lot of oil building up on the underside of the car (as I reported in my sump leak thread). So maybe it's not engine oil after all.

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:57 pm 
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ya hope =P

tranny fluid (car) cleans off better!

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:03 pm 
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Man I can't identify any of this s**t, I won't be able to find the parts you pointed Krytox.

Argh I'm going to have to try and find a mechanic tomorrowwww. :'(

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:10 pm 
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Mate I had that same problem on my EL...the power steering switch had cracked and it was pissing out power steering fluid all over the place. On my way home from my mates house with 2 other mates in the car, I just lost control of the steering and funnily enough after crossing the train tracks, Good Year Tyre and Auto service was straight ahead. Got there and there was no more PS fluid and couldn't turn the car for s**t. For some reason I had some fluid in my boot and poured it in...they tested it noticed the switch was basically gone.

Most likely the switch...if not steering rack.

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:13 pm 
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put more in and run it to find where it's coming out from?
otherwise take it back to teh mechanic under warrenty?

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:24 pm 
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prob ya pws switch near ya rack as shat itself i few months ago i had 3 go in 3 moths for some reason . now its all fine. ill grab a pi of it to show ya .
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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:26 pm 
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That pic would be handy hazza. HOw much are these switches, need a pro to install them?

I know have the car up on the ramps, so any more tips and places to look for leaks would be great.

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:29 pm 
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heres the pic

 

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:32 pm 
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can be pretty pricey for what it is

up to 50 bucks i think. ring up yur local auto shop and ask for a price on a power steering switch for ur car they qoute u a price.

that ias if it is leaking from there


nah 10 mm open end spanner i think but is pretty tricky to get to
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Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:35 pm 
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degrease ya motor and around the steering rack / pump etc then fill it up with more fluid start ya car. turn ya wheel full lock left a right a few times then stop and check for leaks. also check done ya hoses for and leaks i had a pin whole leak aswell a while ago under a plasitc casing made it tricky to find.
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