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 Post subject: Power Steering Leak!!
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 4:00 pm 
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I've had a steady leak for a while now but it wasn't too concerning- I would just top it off with power steering fluid
I just took it for a drive and that small leak transformed into all of the fluid streaming out of the reservoir!!
I did recently top it off with ATF- would that have altered anything? And it was only heavily leaking while the car was on
Do ya guys happen to know why this occurred and what to fix/replace?
Thanks!!


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 4:04 pm 
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I'm trying to upload photos but its saying the files are too large... any alternative?


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 5:04 pm 
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Put your photos on flickr and just post links in your posts here.

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 6:18 pm 
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Here's the pics of the leak!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/161697244 ... res/16CA50


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 6:43 pm 
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Kind of hard to tell from the pics, since there isn't a line of sight to the hose connections or if it's puking out the bottom of the cap
due to valving issues... the wet stripe on the body shows that it's being picked up by the pulley....so that could be the shaft seal...


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 7:02 pm 
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Where ya see the drip is exactly where it was leaking from and its clear in the pic
Theres no other drip location that I could see


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 8:02 am 
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One source of a leak:
Picture shows bottom of pump's fluid reservoir looks to be damaged. Probably will need to find a replacement tin reservoir and new "O" ring (go to in industrial bearing/seal place for "O" ring) . You may be able to carefully straighten old unit enough to get a good seal, but odds are it ain't going to be drip free.

There may be other leaks, one common area at bottom of gear is caused by a badly worn bushing and worn seal at output shaft.

De-grease the gear, pump and hoses, top off fluid, and look for fresh signs of leak. Won't be too hard to see leak or leaks if it is dumping that much fluid.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:43 pm 
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Hard to tell if the reservoir is bent, tweaked, etc. that's the first that needs to be known. If the drip is right there at the bottom where the housing mates with the pump, either the O-ring is old/bad or housing is damaged. I needed a new O-ring and went through 3 of them and it still leaked. I took a large hose clamp and put it as close to the lip on the housing as I could and started clamping. Stupid looking? Yes, but it's low and not really seen unless looking for it. Does it work? I'll answer with a question. You got any better ideas to stop a leak? You can't trust any replacement to not leak! Good Luck


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:09 pm 
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You can't trust any replacement to not leak!


Unless you got it refurbished by Firm Feel, where they have jigs that can check this and if bent they can replace with something
they can warranty...


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 4:17 am 
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Bueller...?


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:23 am 
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In support of DusterIdiot's comment, I had FF do my box which sprung a giant leak and they did a great job. Dry as a bone for two years now - warm weather driver only. Professional to deal with, and quick turnaround.

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:30 am 
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Car Model*: 1963 Dodge Dart GT Convertible
You dudes are the best
Thank you
I bought a power steering gasket kit a while back
Maybe I'll try that or just replace the reservoir or pump cuz it's old and beat
Amy good places for those parts?
Thanks again fellas


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 11:30 am 
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https://youtu.be/ga6g2yXANL8

Here's a link to video of the leak
It appears to be only leaking from the reservoir- is this also referred to as the steering pump?
What's the best course of action?


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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 5:21 pm 
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The reservoir is the can that holds the fluid at the top of the assembly, the pump is the bottom part of the assembly and is driven by the pulley...
If you are unable to recondition this assembly per the Factory Service Manual, then your best alternative is to send it to Firm Feel or Steer n' Gear
and have it reconditioned, do not buy a reman.


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