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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-06, 07:01 AM
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1990 Ford Escort GT - Power Steering Fluid Everywhere

I've had the car sitting for a few months now and when I moved it
yesterday I noticed a small puddle on the floor underneath the steering
rack. When I pulled it out of the garage and turned the steering wheel
a bit I found a huge puddle on the driveway, where I first turned the
wheel. I suppose I had a small leak and one of the hoses shit the bed
when I put the p/s under load. Assuming the a hose failed from
non-use. Now the car has no power steering.

I never worked on p/s before, so other than replace the hoses if they
are bad and bleed the system, is there anything else I should do or
look for? Does the rack and/or pump need to come out to inspect it for
a blown seal or something?

Thanks!



 
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-06, 08:01 AM
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Re: 1990 Ford Escort GT - Power Steering Fluid Everywhere

sleepdog@optonline.net wrote:

> I've had the car sitting for a few months now and when I moved it
> yesterday I noticed a small puddle on the floor underneath the steering
> rack. When I pulled it out of the garage and turned the steering wheel
> a bit I found a huge puddle on the driveway, where I first turned the
> wheel. I suppose I had a small leak and one of the hoses shit the bed
> when I put the p/s under load. Assuming the a hose failed from
> non-use. Now the car has no power steering.
>
> I never worked on p/s before, so other than replace the hoses if they
> are bad and bleed the system, is there anything else I should do or
> look for? Does the rack and/or pump need to come out to inspect it for
> a blown seal or something?



Well, you need to establish whether it's the rack or hose that's leaking.

Check the boots on the rack... I'd assume, from the volume you saw, it's
a hose or seal

If there is seepage in the boots, I can recommend the Lucas PS additive.
None other worked for me, and it did.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-06, 11:01 AM
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Re: 1990 Ford Escort GT - Power Steering Fluid Everywhere

The way you diagnose this is to have someone turn the sterring wheel
while you look to see what leaks. Most likely it's the high pressure
hose.

 
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Re: 1990 Ford Escort GT - Power Steering Fluid Everywhere

>> The way you diagnose this is to have someone turn the sterring wheel
>> while you look to see what leaks. Most likely it's the high pressure
>> hose.


Hooray for me <groan>

Another project to add to the ever growing list...

Thanks!

 
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-05-06, 12:01 PM
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Re: 1990 Ford Escort GT - Power Steering Fluid Everywhere

Does this mean that I was right about it being the high pressure hose?

 
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Re: 1990 Ford Escort GT - Power Steering Fluid Everywhere

>> Does this mean that I was right about it being the high pressure hose?

Hell if I know I haven't looked at it yet, but I'll post the results of
my analysis when I get to it, which should be right around...

 
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