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Hi All,

Brand new to this forum and to owning an Alfa. I have an 09 Brera 2.4 Jtdm 20V 210hp with approx 34,000 miles. Recently it developed a slight whine while driving. I noticed the power steering fluid was low so investigated that. While stationary, and when I turn the wheels to full lock, power steering fluid leaks out of what I assume is the High pressure pipe after the power steering pump. The leak appears to be in the black fabric bit of the pump and associated connectors not the actual metal pipe that goes around the engine.

My questions are:
1) what are my options with trying to fix this myself (I have limited skill and experience in fixing stuff like this however!)
2) I will buy some more power steering fluid to keep it topped up and stop it running the pump dry, but what is the best fluid for my car ( I read that usually its red or green but mine appears to be yellow ish - see photos!?)
3) If I do have to take it to a garage, can I put some duct tape around the leaks purely as a quick temporary fix to stop it pissing fluid everywhere on the 30 minute drive to the garage?

Seems I cant upload a video here so I have uploaded it to youtube at this link Youtube Brera PowerSteering (
) hopefully people can see that as its the best way of showing the problem!

Thanks very much for anyone's help in advanced !

Hopefully the videos and photos upload to show you all! I have put a yellow box around where the leak is, in that photo the power steering pump in in the bottom left and we are looking at the car from the front.
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The wining is likely as a result of the wrong power steering fluid and or a blocked/damaged strainer in the reservoir. Very common problem, lots of threads on here if you do a quick search. New oil and reservoir typically around £60. Hose should be available from one of the trusted specialists. Might well be that air is being drawn in through the split hose causing the frothing but personally I’d change the reservoir anyway while it is all drained down.
 

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It's a Hydraulic hose so remove the hose and take it to a place which fixes them. I took one to plant hire place once who had a mobile fitter which does then from a back of a van.
There's a firm called Pirtek who come out to you but I'd guess they'd want the pipe off as it's a car...
 

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I had the same issue and got the hose repaired similar to what 147Harry suggested. I had the same foaming happening - it is air being drawn in. I did not replace the reservoir on mine and it is fine. I took the strainer out and it was surprisingly clean - it is only a bit of mesh so I don't think it does much except perhaps calm the flow a bit. As far as what fluid to use - to change to green you need to remove all the old fluid first - I stuck to red (ATF/hydraulic fluid is cheaper by the 4L than small PS fluid bottles - same stuff) and it is fine but then it does not get very cold here - green apparently flows better in very cold temps.
 

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Thanks for the advice on the matter all.

@OldSmokey159 the power steering fluid hasn't been touched in a good, 5+ years to my knowledge. So I think it's unlikely the wrong fluid? I will have a look at the strainer as I didn't consider that, thank you. Could the noise be because the fluid level is low?

@147Harry thanks for the advice, can I take the hose off myself? How easy a job is that?

@mazzer Thanks for the help. I'm still not sure which fluid my car has, is the one in the picture red/green or something else? It looks Yellow to me which has confused me!

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You'll have to jack the car up and remove the wheel and plastic inner arch and the undertray, then undo the nuts and remove the pipe, it's easy but slightly awkward.
 

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You've probably got red fluid that has got real dirty and then heaps of air. DIY - it depends on how mechanical you are and your garage facilities. If you have a good indie locally you could go for that - shouldn't be more than a couple of hours labour (it always pays to have a chat with them about that first).
PS. AFAIK it is only the early 1.9 that needs the reservoir replacing.
 

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Just replace the rubber section with copper tube with compression fittings. I posted a thread with all the bits a while ago but can't find it now.
 

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@nogrip / @AlfredF thanks, I just saw that a few days ago and it looks exactly what I need. I'll see if I can do it myself or take it to my local garage and get them to do something similar.

@mazzer thanks, with some more research, I think you're right, I suspect its red that's been diluted and dirtied over time. I'll get it fully flushed.
 
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