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Old 10-17-2002, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default power steering leak

I did a search because I remember topics coming up plus stickies concerning power steering lines coming loose. Somehow nothing came up on any of my searches or I was doing something wrong.

It turns out that sube uses compression fittings on the lines that come down from the pump and they were coming undone. I found mine to be a little loose after finding spots on my garage floor. The fittings are not easy to get at and you need thin wall wrenches to get between all the brackets and other steering components to get at the fittings. Even if you get at the fittings, the wrenches are at the wrong angles to allow proper tightening.

Personally, I think vibration is what loosens the fittings. The clamps that hold the lines being a little far from the fittings allowing the lines to "swing" when hit with the ideal frequency. It takes effort to get at the lines and doing this under warranty probably doesn't compensate a shop tech enough to warrant serious effort on his/her behalf.

This is my bit and I hope I've taken care of my leaks. The car has done well except I've been spending time in the hospital so my sis and mom have been driving my car. It's got more battle damage on it now than it had when I last had full control of the car (3 mos ago +/-). No one knows what an oil change is not especially if you don't own the car.

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Old 10-18-2002, 12:55 PM   #2
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We have seen several come in loose, including one that actually blew off as we were pulling the car inside.
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Old 10-19-2002, 05:04 PM   #3
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Default alternate fluid

Does anyone know what the pressure is in the line?

Thinking out loud here: I was thinking about an alternate lubricant to use that will allow for a slightly lower pressure. I know synthetics might. Is there a pressure regulator in the system somewhere? Hmmm,...

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