: SEVERE power steering leak!!!



carguy16
03-30-05, 10:18 PM
Ok, just to let you know how severe, I refilled the reservoir 4 TIMES today!!!

The fluid seems to be leaking around the power steering gear box, I had someone look at it, and they said it looked like a hose might be loose, or something should be tightened with a wrench, but I couldnt see what they were talking about. :banghead:

I parked the car for 3 hours, came outside, and there are two puddles of fluid as seen in the picture, all over the place. I move the car 10 feet, shut down, get out and more fluid instantly on the ground.

It looks like the air pump, for emmisions I assume or the suspension, is starting to get covered in fluid. Its all messy in the engine compartment, any one know what the hell might be going on? I have attached pictures. Im sure its going to get worse, worst scenario the hole gets bigger and I loose alot of fluid, and I cant steer.

ocjmakaveli
03-31-05, 12:56 AM
SIMPLE WAY to know where it's leaking from is have someone move the steering wheel while you look at the engine compartment to see where the leak is coming from and next time someone says that it is leaking from a certain spot don't be shy and ask them specifically where it is leaking from.


It can be just a little tightening required but more than likely the hose needs to be replaced.

Those lines you were showing in the picture that go to the radiator are the motor oil and trans cooler lines.

there is only pressure applied when the steering wheel is turned so you must have someone turn them as you check for the leak.

N0DIH
03-31-05, 01:06 AM
becareful, ps fluid under pressure is upwards 600 psi!!! It can really hurt you.

Big_Blue
03-31-05, 07:49 AM
your high pressure hose has a crack in itand leaks when pressure is in the lines or prolly past that stage already. Change your PS lines. Its only gonna get worst cause your steering box is gonna get hot and its gonna go out on ya if you let it go on. Dont put any stop leak in it cause it will make it worst.

Two things that can make the lines break is when you turn your steering wheel until it locks constantly either direction when driving or over filling of fluid.

30 dollar job will be a 100 or more if you leave it or drive without repairing it.

BIG BIRD
04-01-05, 09:56 PM
No such thing as a $30 job anymore. Those days are LONG gone!

carguy16
04-01-05, 10:12 PM
Yeh, my neighbor said it was squiring out of a hose. Now, how do I get them replaced, they are steel lines.

Or is it rubber lines? I have no idea. I just bought a manual for the 91-96 Caprice/Roadmaster, and it had nothing to help me about the power steering system, it had stuff but nothing to help me. Plan 2 is buying a factory service manual, its less then an hour of labor, so it should pay for itself.



your high pressure hose has a crack in itand leaks when pressure is in the lines or prolly past that stage already. Change your PS lines. Its only gonna get worst cause your steering box is gonna get hot and its gonna go out on ya if you let it go on. Dont put any stop leak in it cause it will make it worst.

Two things that can make the lines break is when you turn your steering wheel until it locks constantly either direction when driving or over filling of fluid.

30 dollar job will be a 100 or more if you leave it or drive without repairing it.

ocjmakaveli
04-01-05, 10:37 PM
for a 1994 FSM http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7965789870&category=34212&sspagename=WDVW
1995 FSM http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7965499387&category=34212

1996 FSM http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7964910238&category=34212

BUY whichever you need and it'll tell you everything you need to know.

Also you need to remove the line first then take it to some shop and buy a new one you may need to call around to see who sells or makes lines for a power steering pump etc.

carguy16
04-01-05, 11:16 PM
Yep, those were the ones i was looking at. They will pay for them selves.

for a 1994 FSM http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7965789870&category=34212&sspagename=WDVW
1995 FSM http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7965499387&category=34212

1996 FSM http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7964910238&category=34212

BUY whichever you need and it'll tell you everything you need to know.

Also you need to remove the line first then take it to some shop and buy a new one you may need to call around to see who sells or makes lines for a power steering pump etc.

brougham
04-02-05, 01:56 AM
Just call the dealer or a parts store and get a new power steering hose for it or if you're going to get it fixed at a garage let them deal with getting it. It shouldn't be a big deal to get one.

carguy16
04-02-05, 04:05 PM
I just spent $57.95 and $9.49 on ebay, including shipping.

I bought a 94 Factory service manual for my Fleetwood, and then a parts identification guide, smart. :)

Now, we wait for them to come in the mail, love the buy it now option.

Just call the dealer or a parts store and get a new power steering hose for it or if you're going to get it fixed at a garage let them deal with getting it. It shouldn't be a big deal to get one.