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When steering the power steering is very loud to the point I won't drive the car and there's oil/fluid leaking quite fast enough to leave a 6" puddle on the floor from the passenger side (left) of the engine.

A look underneath and the oil looks to be coming somewhere from near the inboard mount of the lower suspension arm...

Any ideas I guess there's a chance this is a known problem...

I checked PAS level and it's about on min so it's not dry.

Also it had been makign a bit of noise before and then was stood for 2 weeks and now has the symptoms above so seems to have got much worse after being stood - I'm wondering if something could have froze and broke due to the cold weather?
 

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The PS pipes leak is a common probem on 147. 156 might be similar. There ar two aluminum pipes going close to the timing belt above the lower suspension arm to the cooling coil in the front. The leak is usually on the join of the alu pipe to the flexible pipe going to the coil. My dealer replaced the pipes with revised plastic ones that shouldnt wear the join so fast as alu pipes.

You can drive the car, but regularly top up to fluid not to run it dry and get it repaired ASAP.
 

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The leak it at the back of the engine, plus it's making a dodgy mechenical noise so i'm not sure if it the same problem but will be sure to check.
 

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it is the aluminium pipes, by sounds of it you have air coming in . The leak at the back may be the overflow pipe ontop of the powersteering cap.
 

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Try giving W.A.D. alfa specialists in WV2 Wolverhampton (01902 401711) a ring they're always good for some advice and stock plenty of parts to!
 

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oofoo had it right - my pipe went in the same place and looked pitted rather than having rubbed through where it was contacting the steel for the subframe. I guess a chamical reaction takes place to pit the aluminuim...

Anyway I removed the pipe, brazed it, fitted a section of reinforced hose over to stop it rubbing and also possibly stop any future leaks and after a while for all the air to work it's way out the circuit works great now. So at least this repair was basically free.

Plus as a reward it went through it's MOT yesterday!

Now if I could stop its drinking problem...
 
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