[V8] Power steering leak

Kent McLean kentmclean at mindspring.com
Tue Aug 9 09:41:03 EDT 2005

george.fallot at verizon.net wrote:
 > Hi, I'm losing power steering fluid. It seems to be leaking from
 > the pump,but I can't see where.The hose connections on top  seem
 > to be dry,but under the pump is wet and the air compressor is also
 > wet. Do the seals go bad on these pumps? Is there a way to tell
 > without taking it out? Are they hard to reseal,or do you just get
 > a new (reconditioned) pump? By the way, the pump was replaced 5
 > years ago, about 50kago.

If the pump was replaced only 5 years ago, and the hoses were not,
then my money is on the hoses.  As Bob said, the crimp connectors
leak.  You should be able to have them rebuilt (old connectors,
new hoses, new crimps) at a local hydraulic shop -- think truck
stop or Caterpillar dealer.  I believe there is a restrictor in
one of the hoses; if it isn't transfered to the new hoses, you
will hear groaning noises.

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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