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Power Steering leak? You tell me...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by AlphaEcho2k5, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Sep 30, 2011 at 7:06 PM
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    AlphaEcho2k5

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    Residue inside airbox.

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    I've tried looking for the source of the leak, thinking it's a seal.
     
  2. Sep 30, 2011 at 7:15 PM
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    Is the power steering low? How'd you get residue INSIDE the air box?
     
  3. Sep 30, 2011 at 7:53 PM
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    It was low and making the "moan" awhile back I filled it up and the level has been consistent since then. The residue in the box... I'm thinking that it's getting in through the (stock) small hole in the bottom right of the box (beneath the air filter clip). It's also on the outside of the box nearest to the P.S and being flung onto the hood.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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  5. Oct 1, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    That makes sense. For the fluid to be allover the inside like that, I'd say the shaft seal is bad.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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    I have the same issue with my truck, I ended up replacing the seals. It solved the problem. I was going threw about a quart of ps fluid a week lol.
     
  7. Oct 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    Thanks guys/gal!
     
  9. Mar 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM
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    OP, what did you end up doing? Replacing reservoir, pump, shaft seal? Rebuild?

    Looking to do this soon.
     
  10. Mar 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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  11. Mar 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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    Did you already replace the pump or just have it on order? Did you ever find the exact location of your leak? Hose, resi, gasket?
     
  12. Mar 31, 2012 at 6:13 AM
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    I replaced the pump with the one above for $81 and a warranty, I said wth. I have a PS cooler on the way should be here next week. Leak was a seal in the pump.
     
  13. Mar 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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    A little late...but you should be able to easily 'find' a power steering leak by jacking up the front end, have a buddy in the cap and turn the steering wheel while you poke your head under the hood and look.

    True story here - a family friend of ours had a power steering leak. He admitted that every DAY he was putting a quart of fluid in the resevoir. :eek::eek::eek: He had us take a look at it.... Jacked up the front end, turned the steering wheel... my god, it was like a frigin garden sprinkler and just about shot me in the eye!!!! Why..oh why.....do people let this shit go???
     
  14. Mar 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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    That's my issue I posted in my other thread here. It's a caked mess in that area but I'm NOT losing fluid... I'm not saying this is okay but the cake must have stopped it. Now I don't know where to start or look.

    I attached the picture from my other thread. Picture taken from front of truck. Top right is reservoir and to the left is my air box.

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  15. Mar 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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    The 'cake' won't stop a leak. A leak is what creates the 'cake' .

    The first thing you need to do, is clean up all the cake. You can't visualize where the leak is if the residue is covering it.

    Steering lines have High & low pressure lines. High pressure lines are the lines that generate your steering and are under high pressure. Lower pressure lines are the fluid return lines. You can tell the difference by the lines themselves. The high pressure lines are metal and/or rubber (looking from the outside) but have crimped steal ends. Low pressure lines are usually just rubber with hose clamps.

    High pressure line leaks should show up (if large enough of a leak) when you jack the front end up, engine running, and turn the steering wheel while someone else looks around in the engine bay. Everytime the steering wheel turns, you should see a leak if there is one (and large enough to visualize it oozing out). Low pressure lines won't be as 'easy' to spot.

    All in all - clean up the entire area free of 'cake' and oils - and check the area again in a week or so and see if you can spot new oils and where its coming from.
     
  16. Apr 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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    All cleaned up, no leaks present and no sign of fluid getting lower. I'll keep monitoring it though.
     
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