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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-29-11, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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2001 Windstar Power Steering Leak

Hi,

My Windstar has been leaking puddles of power steering fluid all over my driveway (I have to put more PS fluid in every 4 days). I traced the PS line all the way to the driver's side wheel well where I thought the leak was coming from the rack and pinion, but I'm not sure what the name of the location is.

Here are two photos, both taken from the front of the van looking behind the engine (just right of the ignition coil pack).
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/9426/img0003jo.jpg
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5212/img0004myl.jpg

I believe the culprit is that cylinder where there is an electrical plug coming out.

My questions are how much effort would it take to stop the leak?

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-Athlon64M

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-11, 05:24 PM
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Re: 2001 Windstar Power Steering Leak

That's the power steering pressure switch and if the fluid is coming from it, it can be replaced.

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Re: 2001 Windstar Power Steering Leak

I just put some Lucas PS Repair fluid in this morning, and if the leak continues I'll replace the switch.

Thanks Bert!
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Re: 2001 Windstar Power Steering Leak

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I just put some Lucas PS Repair fluid in this morning, and if the leak continues I'll replace the switch.

Thanks Bert!
It'll continue.

Lucas makes some good products but if you know the leak is there, chances are very good that any stop-leak product will not thicken the remaining oil enough to prevent it from leaking.

Just be cautious. PS fluid is OK, but thickening fluids such as transmission oil, is a no-no. A $1000 job can turn into a $3500 job by overdoing it.

Athlon, do keep us appraised on the repair! Cheers

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