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Noticed on my recent MOT and leaks on the drive that i have a leak of power steering fluid, i'm not able to get underneath to have a good look as the engine guard is in the way. The MOT guy said it looks like it's coming from the pump area but it's well buried under a lot of other equipment. Is this a common problem, and if so is there an easy fix or is it a visit to the dealers ?...Thanks
 

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The place where it will most likely be leaking from is behind the subframe mount - where the PAS pipes are mounted in a small bracket.

Mine had the same problem and my pump wore out when the level of fluid suddenly dropped.

Solution is to take the undertray off and jack the car up and remove the wheel to see exactly where the problem is.

On mine I removed the bracket and cut out about a 6" section on each pipe where the corrosion was (around the bracket) and replaced with some reinforced rubber oil hose with T-bolt style clamps. It's a bit messy dumping 1/2 pint of PAS fluid, but it made an easy a cheap fix = £20. A bit fiddly with the tiny amount of space to work in, but possible with some determination.! I flushed through the fluid with some dilluted fluid, and clean filled with new fluid.

The pipes that corrode are the low pressure oil cooler circuit pipes, and not the 1400psi pressure side.

To replace the entire length of pipe x2 is a few hundred with fitting..may require lowering the subframe to access the rack itself due to the zero space behind the block.
 

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Ok Thanks, think i'll put in into the local independant to have a look at . It sounds a little beyond me. Thanks for the info.
 

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+1 stefz, take it to a local indy garage.

Top up the steering fluid (any ATF2 fluid will do, I used Mobil ATF220), otherwise you can ruin the power steering pump.

If it's the low pressure part your a lucky man ... like stefz said that's an easy fix but mine had a leak on the high pressure pipe right where the aluminium pipe meets the rubber pipe (the coil side) ... took it to a specialist in hydraulics, he tried to tighten the connection but with no luck, it improved ... i was now losing at half the rate but still leaking. Replaced the rubber hose and the connector that clamps down on the aluminium pipe with some sort of heavy hydraulics connector ... the guy usually repairs big diggers and construction
equipment.
 
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