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Old 08-21-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
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Is it possible for PS steering hardline to deform when overtorqued (where it meets banjo bolt)? No matter how hard I torque the banjo bolt, I cannot seem to eliminate the leak even with a new washer. Yes, it is true that leak could be coming from other source, but I thought I'd get your opinion first before replacing the PS pump. After driving for a couple of miles, I see a small puddle of PS fluid right behind PS pump.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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bump for some suggestion....
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:49 PM   #3
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there are 2 washers that are supposed to be there.....one on either side of the 'banjo'......if ya only got one, ya missing one

and do NOT!!!!!!! break that bolt off!!!!!! or strip out the threads in the pump!!!!!

also...if ya not using synthetic ATF....do it!!!!

M1 or Motul if you want the best....it does make a difference
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I used OEM gasket (crush washer) so they go on both sides of bolt.

Just confirmed that it's NOT leaking through gasket, so PS pump itself maybe leaking somewhere... no idea where
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:15 AM   #5
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I have seen a number of the PS pumps leak through the front seal. Running the fluid on the low side is a temp fix.

Depending on your pump design, it may be the seal between the pump and the resevoir has failed.
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:18 PM   #6
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If seal fails, does pump make any whining noise which seems to get worse with higher RPM? I've cleaned up for an hour and went for a test drive - it's leaking very slowly as PS fluid find its way into on top of valve cover and top of head. I just purchased a replacement PS pump from another member.

Problem never ends with my WRX. Blown intake manifold gasket --> cam shaft seal --> broken front end links --> now PS issue
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