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Power steering leak

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by 45acp, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Feb 25, 2010 at 7:43 PM
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    45acp

    45acp [OP] Paint me back in Wyoming again...

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    I think I've got a power steering fluid leak. A few weeks ago I heard a loud groaning noise when I would turn the wheel. I filled the ps fluid and it was quiet again. About 12 days later it was groaning again, and now I've been filling it every 8-12 days.
    I haven't seen any dripping/puddles (leaking too slow I guess) and I'm not sure what areas or parts to be checking. Any advice?
     
  2. Feb 25, 2010 at 7:50 PM
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    HondaGM

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    check the power steering rack at the boots, and the pump.
     
  3. Feb 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM
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    45acp

    45acp [OP] Paint me back in Wyoming again...

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    Well crap. I guess it's obvious now that I have a leak. It's hard to tell the exact location but it looks like it's coming from the boot? Up close it looks like it's cracking. As I've stated in the past, I'm kinda retarded when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Is this something I could do myself, or does it have to go to the mechanic?
    Thanks
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  4. Feb 26, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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    rab89

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    is there black paint all over the bottom of your truck?
     
  5. Feb 26, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    chris4x4

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    The boot is just a Dust cover. You have a leak from the rack seal.
     
  6. Feb 26, 2010 at 7:17 PM
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    STLharry

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    I had that. Replaced the whole rack...set me back 550 or so. It happened because the boot tore, which allowed dirt and mud to get in there and mess up the whole rack.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2010 at 3:02 PM
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  8. Mar 3, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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  9. Mar 3, 2010 at 4:24 PM
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    I took a closer look the other day and apparently the return hose that connected to the steering rack was cracked and leaking pretty bad. $2.75 for a new hose. yay!:D
     
  10. Mar 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM
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    45acp

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    I have no idea what that stuff is...
     
  11. Mar 3, 2010 at 8:47 PM
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    my taco has power steering?

    mines a real bitch when it warms up but first thing in the morning its great
    i need to get around to fixin that :(
     
  12. Mar 3, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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    Had the same issue on my '99. I was able to get a refurb for about $300.
     
  13. Mar 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM
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    kevhogaz

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    $900.00 to replace the steering rack? Man, I'm in the wrong business!! :D
     
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