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Old 04-14-2002, 09:21 PM   #51
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So again, is anyone else with this problem running any kind of aftermarket pulley?
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Old 06-05-2002, 02:24 PM   #52
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Last week, my 1986 Toyota Corolla power steering rack developed an unrepairable leak. Since, I have been driving it without power steering. It is really good for upper body muscle development and fitness.

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Old 06-12-2002, 12:58 PM   #53
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Ok, I did my first oil change two weeks ago and noticed the power steering hard lines were leaking. Didn't surprise me 'cause I had read this post before even buying the car.

BTW, this is the break in period oil change. Car had 1300 miles and reservoir was below minimum level by two inches.

Took it to the dealer this morning thinking they would just tighten it up. I simply could not get a wrench on the things 'cause the passenger side half shaft was in the way.

Dealer says the rack itself is leaking ( not what I saw) and that a new one has been ordred and expected in in 4 days.

I bought the car in May, so it's definitely not just a first batch problem.


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Old 10-19-2002, 04:00 PM   #54
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Found the thread on power steering lines leaking...

Mine finally leaked...already posted in the service forum.

Maybe my question on alternate ps fluid should be posted there instead of here....off I go!

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Old 10-19-2002, 10:19 PM   #55
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My 2nd WRX (10/02 delivery) developed a slow leak two weeks ago (I tightened up the fitting but the o-ring was damaged so had to take to dealer).

So, I'm 2/2 on leaky WRX PS!

I had snugged up the pipes under the engine x-member, but this was in the coupling up to the pump/res.

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Old 11-10-2002, 04:28 PM   #56
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I too had this problem about a month ago, lines came loose took it in and had them fix it. happened at about 13k
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Old 01-08-2003, 12:42 AM   #57
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I shall see in 2 days (that's when i can stop by a dealer with the car), but so far i have no power anywhere under 2000rpm and i know that means trouble

i haven't checked the lines yet, but will do so 1st thing in the daylight


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Old 03-12-2003, 02:10 PM   #58
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I had the power steering fail tiday. Looks like the same problem. Loose fittings. I haven't crawled under the car yet, but there was a lot of smoke and after I sat for about 5 minutes, you could see it dripping out. Time to go see if I can fix it.
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Old 03-13-2003, 10:17 AM   #59
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Glenn Wallace posted this:

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Get the car up on ramps. You may need to remove the small jacking plate (4 bolts, 2 nuts).

Just use a short 12mm wrench. There are four lines with nuts exposed. I've posted a pick before.

BE VERY GENTLE. Don't overtighten.
I don't see 4 bolts and 2 nuts. The leak seams to be coming from one of the lines that has a 17mm banjo style nut. This is up on the right side of the car, next to the tranny, and below the Down-pipe where the PS hard line connects to the softer rubber hose leading into the steering rack. The other line right next to it is a 14mm banjo style nut. I assume these are the supply and return lines from the PS pump?

Sure enough it was so loose I could turn it with my fingers. Tightened it down, along with the 14mm nut, and replaced the PS fluid, but I still seem to have a small leak. Is there some sort of gasket I need to replace here? Where are the 4 bolts and 2 nuts that Glenn's talking about?

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Old 10-02-2003, 10:57 PM   #60
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I had some fitting come loose on the power steering pressure line too. The jack plate was covered in fluid along with the passenger side control arm. It looks pretty tough to get to. I can see the leaky fitting from a half-dollar sized hole on the passenger side next to the jack plate. I caught the leak before my PS went out and I topped off the tank with some Cheap ATF dextron III. I dont think that taking off the Jack plate will make it easier to get to theis fitting, but I'll check it out tomarrow again.
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Old 11-01-2003, 12:10 AM   #61
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Lost all my fluid from the rubber hose connection to the hard line just past the intake tonight, lots of smoke and fluid on the passenger side of the engine bay, will top up and take it to the dealer on Monday.
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Old 08-13-2004, 01:37 PM   #62
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My power steering failed yesterday. Lots of smoke. Scary. Anyway, drove it to the dealership and they tightened the lines, flushed the system and refilled it. They then charged me $114. I have 36.5k on the car (03 WRX wagon). With the # of posts here there should be a TSB out for this issue.....
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Old 09-27-2004, 11:46 AM   #63
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Just happened to me, too, at 52K miles. Fortunately it happened in a parking lot full of people with jacks and tools! One person even knew about this problem, so he told me I probably had a loose PSF line nut. I was able to tighten the high-pressure hose nut, full it up, and limp it home.

It's still leaking fluid, though, so I guess I'll get it up on ramps and try to clean it up and tighten it better. If that doesn't work, is there a more permanent fix? I'm not willing to keep tightening that stupid bolt every 3 weeks.
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Old 09-28-2004, 03:37 PM   #64
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Turned out both of mine had it - wagon had loose lines as well

My problem now is the bushes on the rack itself - rack has 2mm wide clean patches on each side where the rack is shifting


Quote:
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Get the car up on ramps. You may need to remove the small jacking plate (4 bolts, 2 nuts).

Just use a short 12mm wrench. There are four lines with nuts exposed. I've posted a pick before.

BE VERY GENTLE. Don't overtighten.

My first car had a line fall off, I know 3 or 4 people locally affected.

On my new car and TT_TTF's car we both had loose fittings which I tightened. It isn't much, basically about 1/8 of a turn to take em up.

But given vibration, the pressure they're under, they eventually do "undo".

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Old 09-28-2004, 06:58 PM   #65
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Just happened to me, too, at 52K miles. Fortunately it happened in a parking lot full of people with jacks and tools! One person even knew about this problem, so he told me I probably had a loose PSF line nut. I was able to tighten the high-pressure hose nut, full it up, and limp it home.

It's still leaking fluid, though, so I guess I'll get it up on ramps and try to clean it up and tighten it better. If that doesn't work, is there a more permanent fix? I'm not willing to keep tightening that stupid bolt every 3 weeks.
No, generally once it is tightened you should be ok. The issue you have is probably that the O-ring is damaged. You'll need to get the O-ring replaced.

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Old 09-30-2004, 10:05 AM   #66
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Yes, I simply tighted mine (high pressure line) It did work for a day, Then it failed miserably. Im talking fluid literally pouring on to the ground once the motor started. Intense smokeing since all the fluid just leaked on to the downpipe (probably dangerous). I had no choice other than let the pump run dry. I took it to the dealer and this was covered on my warranty. Indeed...the o-ring was fouled.
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Old 10-14-2004, 03:57 AM   #67
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Yep. Leaks at the hard line to rubber hose connection on my '04 STi... Taking it to dealer tomorrow.

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Old 01-25-2005, 10:45 PM   #68
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Anybody have a picture of what I need to look for?
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Old 01-26-2005, 12:28 AM   #69
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It's in the vicinity of the front right axle... To the left of the downpipe... IIRC.


I'll snap a few pics tommorrow for you.

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Old 01-26-2005, 01:57 AM   #70
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It's been months, but the lines have held and my PS Fluid levels are steady. I guess tightening it does the trick as long as you are careful and don't damage anything when you tighten it back up.

Good luck, everyone!
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:26 AM   #71
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my cars in the shop right now cause my powersteering pump broke and my resovior(however you spell it)
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Old 01-26-2005, 04:10 PM   #72
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Yes, I simply tighted mine (high pressure line) It did work for a day, Then it failed miserably. Im talking fluid literally pouring on to the ground once the motor started. Intense smokeing since all the fluid just leaked on to the downpipe (probably dangerous). I had no choice other than let the pump run dry. I took it to the dealer and this was covered on my warranty. Indeed...the o-ring was fouled.
Dangerous - yes!!

That's basically what happened to Subie Gal. Lines let loose and started an engine bay fire - still having electrical issues as a result
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:28 PM   #73
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Hey, reviving an old thread, did anybody ever find a new fitting or did you guys just try to tighten?

I made a very costly mistake when I overtightened the fitting and it stripped the hole...

Any help will be greatly appreciated
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:07 PM   #74
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I just tightened the fitting, didn't change any parts. It's still holding, 5 years, 80,000 miles, 3 autocross championships, and 20 track days later.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:09 PM   #75
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Agreed.

Dealer took care of it at that time and it was fine.
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