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Old 12-29-2001, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Alert! power steering hose fitings are loose on some WRX's - - fluid leaks all over

I just had my power steering system make a fluid trail all over town !

Was getting some tunning help from the nice guys at Imported Cars of Stamford - - they were kind enough to share some tunning insight on ignition advance as I tune my stand alone

Was running up and down the road with them working the lap top and after a 90 mph run there is lots of smoke and noise

BIG puddle of fluid

The guy told me that Subaru had put out a service advisory on the lines going into the power steering rack being loose on some wrx's

Sure enough the couplings had loosened right up

I am posting this becuase had this happened around a corner I could have eaisily slide off the road

PLEASE check your power steering lines near the pass half shaft

Thansk to Imported Cars of Stamford!
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Old 12-29-2001, 05:46 PM   #2
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Thanks Al, I`lll have to check mine.

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Old 12-29-2001, 06:05 PM   #3
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I can't believe SoA hasn't issued some kind of recall or service notice for this if true. Even if it only affects 1 out of 1000 imprezas.
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Old 12-29-2001, 06:08 PM   #4
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half shaft? Got a pic where we should look?
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Old 12-29-2001, 06:20 PM   #5
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Glenn wallace posted pics where to tighten up in this thread:
http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...hreadid=127530
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Old 12-29-2001, 06:56 PM   #6
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Thanks chief
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Old 12-29-2001, 07:50 PM   #7
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I wonder it its a design flaw - or if the idiot who works this part of the line is drinking too much saki???

Either way - if this sucker lets loose around a curve - its going to be very slippery !

I recommend checking all the fittings - - - the ones which were loose on mine where right over the pass side inner half shaft end

Very hard to reach - but you can tighten it up if you take your time

I just can't believe that Mr. Wallace had the same problem - this really sucks
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Old 12-29-2001, 08:05 PM   #8
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I had the same thing happen to me. I just tightend it back up a refilled the fluid no problems since.
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Old 12-29-2001, 08:30 PM   #9
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I had the same thing happen to me. I just tightend it back up a refilled the fluid no problems since.
Its just amazing that there are so many with this problem
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Old 12-29-2001, 10:32 PM   #10
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Hey SOA! Do a recall! I'm curious if my.subaru.com is actually going to notify me that I have to take my car in!

In all seriousness though, I think losing power steering is kinda dangerous, esp. considering how you market the car. It's not like you've got commercials with the car at the drag strip!
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Old 12-30-2001, 01:09 AM   #11
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My main concern is when the oil blows out and it gets on the pass side tires - - it will cause accidents
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Old 12-30-2001, 01:34 AM   #12
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I'll have to check on mine now.. Ugh... :monkey:
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Old 12-30-2001, 01:43 AM   #13
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I had this problem too. Noticed a lot of smoke and a clear oily fluid was leaking all over my exhaust and uppipe. Tightened them up and have had no more problems since then.
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Old 12-30-2001, 01:54 AM   #14
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Plus now there is an oil trail all over stamford leading right to my driveway !
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Old 12-30-2001, 04:15 AM   #15
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Yup, happened to me too.

But on mine it was a fitting just under the turbo.

Don't forget to check that one.
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Old 12-30-2001, 04:19 AM   #16
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Don't worry Al I've left many trails of transmission fluid from my GN leading up my drive way and into my garage...
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Old 12-30-2001, 09:47 AM   #17
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Yeah, I had the same problem and started a thread in Waranty & SOA issues. Do a search!

http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...referrerid=185

I think it's time for a recall!

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Old 12-30-2001, 11:42 AM   #18
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I agree...
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Old 12-30-2001, 02:24 PM   #19
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Lightbulb pwr steering.........

i have had this done to my WRX. noticed that one day fluid was low, you could hear the whining from the steering. filled it up drove it to the dealership, and bam yes there is a notice out that the o-rings have been leaking around one of the hoses. they replaced the o-ring re-installed the hose and been good ever since, its been over 2000mile and no more probs, i just keep an eye out more ofter now....
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