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Old 12-10-2004, 15:31   #1 (permalink)
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Leaking Power Steering

Hey Guys,

Hope someone can help, car is EB2 Fairmont, I've got a power steering leak on the right hand side, it's not at the pump, somewhere around the p/s pressure switch, it drips onto the rubber boot, now is this something I can fix or could it be the actual rack that is faulty. Just out of interest how much will a rack set me back from the wreckers? I think this only started yesterday as i parked my car and saw a nice trail of red fluid. Now this could be unrelated, I had the a/c on and came to a roundabout turned the a/c off and went through the round about, now as I was accelerating i could here the clutch fan was still engaged, normally i don't hear it when the a/c is off and then i had what looked liked smoke come through the vents, it wasn't smoke didn't smell like anything, I turned the cooling off and havn't had it on since.

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P/S leak around pressure switch
Smoke like stuff coming through vents
How much might a P/S rack set me back

Any clues guys
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PS I have a workshop manual and have had a little look.
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Old 12-10-2004, 16:11   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Leaking Power Steering

The power steering leak and air con problems are unrelated.

Most likely the leak is coming from the pressure switch itself, which is a common problem on Falcons. It's a peice of piss to replace, but you may find you'll need to grind down a spanner to make it a bit thinner.

Your clutch fan has nothing to do with the air con, and is controlled by the heat of the air passing through the radiator.

I wouldn't have a clue about the smoke coming through the vents.
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Old 12-11-2004, 02:59   #3 (permalink)
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Agree, most likely the pressure switch leaking.
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Old 12-11-2004, 17:12   #4 (permalink)
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Mike did you try get it from underneath or from inside the engine bay, I'm gonna get some spanners that i can mess up and see what I can do.

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Old 12-11-2004, 18:01   #5 (permalink)
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Underneath the car.
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Old 12-11-2004, 20:02   #6 (permalink)
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Well I got the little bugger undone, replaced the o ring and put it back in, what do you know still leaking, now the o ring that i replaced is stuffed, so i think i did it too tight. I've replaced the whole sensor, ($45) from repco. now i tight do i do it, the book says 10nm, how much is that, like finger tight or just a little bit with the spanner, or tighten it and see if it leaks and tighten till it stops.

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10Nm is just firm mate.
tighten it by hand until it stops then turn it an extra 1/4 to 1/2 turn
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Old 12-11-2004, 22:38   #8 (permalink)
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Yeah 10nm isn't alot, comparable to, say, rocker cover bolts.
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Old 12-12-2004, 02:32   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks guys for your help, all sorted no more leaks.

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