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Have an '02 Taurus SES 6 cyl that's got a steering fluid leak that I think I've been able to identify. Here's the two pics...






Seems to me the leak is coming from between the large nut and the fluid reservoir. I'm guessing I need to replace the black grommet?/washer you can see between the nut and the reservoir.

So my questions are...

1) What do I actually need to replace? The black grommet? And what is it properly called?

2) How do I go about backing those nuts out? Loosen the smaller one first that's closest to the line, then get the large one out? Seems like that large nut is too close to the reservoir body to get a socket around it. Guess I'd have to use some channel locks or vice grips.

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3) Considering I'm possibly introducing air into the system, are there any special steps I should take to get it burped once everything is back together and the reservoir is filled?


Thanks from both me and Mom as this is her car.
 

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I've used a turkey baster to pull the fluid from the reservoir, they make cheap hand pups as well. Once drained, remove the hose and keep it propped to keep the fluid from running out. Remove the lower fitting and confirm what type of gasket, I think it's just a teflon ring. You probably have t replace the whole fitting. If there's a gasket below it, see if the local parts supply has something compatible.
 

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I've been told I have to vacuum bleed the system if there is a muffler inline. The line pictured has an elongated bulb about a foot to the right of the picture that's about 5-6 in long.

Is this the muffler I've heard about?

And if so what's the procedure for vacuum bleeding using a hand pump?
 

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Not sure, I've always tried to keep the line full and let gravity do my purging. I'd also work the steering back and forth after bubbles stopped coming up in the reservoir to work out minute bubbles.
 
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