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power steering leak
« on: April 04, 2015, 11:41:17 PM »
 My 78wagon has had a ps fluid l;eak for a while now.I had the pressure hose replaced then they said it was the o rings and got new ones put in didnt charge again at least.

 Still leaked took it somewhere else they said its the return hose clamp tightened it should be ok. Still leaked.Stoplea k seemed to slow it down but theres a big puddle under the car after I shut it down.

 Today I looked it over real good myself and what I see is fluid allover the mounting bracket arm that runs under the reservoir, and all under is wet. So I think its either got a crack in the bottom area of the reservoir or its the seal where the return hose goes into the reservoir.

 Does anyone know the procedure for replacing that seal and the return hose?


 I wonder too if the reservoir couldve got cracked or busted from when I had someone tighten the belts. Might just have to buy a belt jack especially if I get a plastic reserrvoir.

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Re: power steering leak
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2015, 12:21:27 AM »
Could be the tight belt pulled the pulley shaft seal out of whack enough to create a leak. Which is probably rooted in sloppy bearings in the pump. Could be as easy as redoing the  line connections, making sure they are clean and sealing right, but It's most likely going to need the pump replaced. Very easy to do, if you can reach the mounting bolts and lines, just messy. Just undo the belt/lines, undo mounting bracket bolts and remove. Clean up the area and stick a new one back in where you found it. Squeeze some fresh fluid in there and, viola'.
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Re: power steering leak
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2015, 11:32:21 AM »
Ibelieve its more likely from the reservoir as it will  empty itself just sitting.

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Re: power steering leak
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2015, 08:38:00 PM »
 So can someone please tellme how to replace the return hose and the reservoir seal?

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Re: power steering leak
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2015, 08:07:36 PM »
If it is the metal reservoir, it is just an o-ring.  Just undo the nut around the hose fitting and slide it off.  I resealed a pump on my grandfathers 72 Econoline years ago.  It was pretty simple.  Just do not damage the reservoir.  If you have the plastic style I do not know as I have not had to do one yet.

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Re: power steering leak
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2015, 09:19:11 PM »
 Thanks I think Im ready to give it a try if its that simple.It has to be leaking from there or the reservoir is cracked at the bottom it drains out completely even just sitting. But theres no fluid at the lower end of either hose.