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Old 25 Jun 2016, 10:07 am
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Default Power steering fluid leaking from underneath cap of reservoir

Hi folks,

I'm hoping someone can give me some advice... Yesterday afternoon I noticed fluid dripping from under my '06 Cruiser. It seemed to be oily, slightly reddish. Under the hood it looked like power steering fluid had been spewing from under the cap of the reservoir. At first I thought it might be that the cap was loose but it was not.

I saw some stuff on other car brand forums about a mesh screen at the bottom of the reservoir getting clogged and causing the pump pressure to force fluid out from under the cap... does this happen with PT's? If so, is the reservoir relatively easy to replace? I'm a decent home mechanic, though I don't have access to a lift.

Already got an appointment for Monday at the garage, but I figured if it's just a reservoir replacement, I could take a crack at it.
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Old 25 Jun 2016, 11:21 am
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The cap is bad, it is a dealer item at about $25.
The cap is spring loaded, when the spring weakens, the cap leaks.
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Old 25 Jun 2016, 01:16 pm
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Huh! OK, that makes sense. It's only leaking when hot. Will try, thanks!

Another question: the manual says you can refill with either power steering fluid or AT fluid... which is best?
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It should be ATF+4 transmission fluid.
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Thanks!
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