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Old 10-06-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Oily residue - what is leaking and should I fix it?

There are two spots under my engine that have an oily residue and have attracted a bunch of dirt. One is where one of the IC hoses connects to the turbo inlet, and the other is on top of the PS pump (I think). I'm not sure if the pump is leaking or what, but the top of the bump has a lot of oily stuff on it.

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Anyone had this happen? Should I be concerned or is this normal?
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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ya got a lil leak there at the ps line attach point
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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Yeah that's what it looks like. What about the vac line from the IC? Is it normal for some of the gasses and accompanying oil to escape?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:13 PM   #4
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Yeah that's what it looks like. What about the vac line from the IC? Is it normal for some of the gasses and accompanying oil to escape?
No, usually you will see gunk built up like that around the pcv but not on that hose. It looks like the ps line is causing what you are seeing.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #5
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No, usually you will see gunk built up like that around the pcv but not on that hose. It looks like the ps line is causing what you are seeing.
Weak. I've got so many PS leaks. It leaks from some of the lines under the car as well, but it's so slow I only have to add like .2qt every 6 months.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:41 AM   #6
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Weak. I've got so many PS leaks. It leaks from some of the lines under the car as well, but it's so slow I only have to add like .2qt every 6 months.
you DO know that the system takes dexron atf and NOT 'power steering fluid' and adding ps fluid may be what is making it leak
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:47 AM   #7
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You have an 04. It's your PS pump. The internal o rings are old and cracked. Time to replace the pump or rebuild it. Plenty of threads on this. Check the one on iwsti.com
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:12 PM   #8
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you DO know that the system takes dexron atf and NOT 'power steering fluid' and adding ps fluid may be what is making it leak
Yeah I only use Dexron ATF. It started leaking from the rack when I hit a curb like 6 years ago. I've added about a quart of ATF total to the reservoir in that time span replenishing it.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:25 AM   #9
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So I cleaned the thing up and found where the PS pump is leaking. I don't have any pictures, but it's leaking from where the two plates meet (the separation that runs the circumference of the pump). After driving I can see some spots appearing at the top.

I've read the thread about opening the pump up and replacing o-rings. Would new o-rings fix this based on where it's leaking or should I just replace the damn thing with a reman?


Also, the hose running from the IC to the turbo inlet is on there super loose so I guess it was leaking. Threw a worm clamp on it.

PS I realize this thread should probably be in brakes section given its content now.

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