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Old 16 Jan 2004, 11:32 pm
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While changing my oil today in this icy blast, I noticed that the lower left line (for power steering) to the radiator was coming loose again. I also noticed some residue on the same line and the metal unions. I took it to the dealer for inspection. Guess what? My steering rack is leaking! The dealer has ordered a new steering rack (goodbye rubbing nylon sound!) and new cooler lines. The original clamp for the power steering cooler line has been replaced with a blue clamp from Chrysler. This appears to be the replacement for the bad run of spring clamps (per my Service Manager).

Keep your eye on this hose and look for fluid on the line and/or metal unions (they connect the various lengths of rubber tubing to form the line). It could be a sign that your steering rack is leaking! It was easy to spot since road grime had stuck to the fluid on the hose and unions.

By the way, if you live in Pittsburgh or happen to come through it and need service, the New Monroeville Chrysler-Jeep has been fabulous for me. Highly recommended!

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ElectricBlueGT, thanks for the info.
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Old 17 Jan 2004, 12:02 am
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While changing my oil today in this icy blast, I noticed that the lower left line (for power steering) to the radiator was coming loose again. I also noticed some residue on the same line and the metal unions. I took it to the dealer for inspection. Guess what? My steering rack is leaking! The dealer has ordered a new steering rack (goodbye rubbing nylon sound!) and new cooler lines. The original clamp for the power steering cooler line has been replaced with a blue clamp from Chrysler. This appears to be the replacement for the bad run of spring clamps (per my Service Manager).

Keep your eye on this hose and look for fluid on the line and/or metal unions (they connect the various lengths of rubber tubing to form the line). It could be a sign that your steering rack is leaking! It was easy to spot since road grime had stuck to the fluid on the hose and unions.

By the way, if you live in Pittsburgh or happen to come through it and need service, the New Monroeville Chrysler-Jeep has been fabulous for me. Highly recommended!

Scott

Is this it? http://members.cox.net/ballster/Images/hoseleak.jpg

I posted this here. http://www.ptcruiserlinks.com/forum/...?TOPIC_ID=5753
It sounds like you are discribing the item pictured.

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Old 17 Jan 2004, 01:32 am
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glad you have a good dealership on your side!!
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Old 17 Jan 2004, 01:39 am
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I wish my dealer was ap to help me out
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Old 17 Jan 2004, 01:42 am
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my first one sucked the second is cool so far
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Old 17 Jan 2004, 05:05 am
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Thanks for the info I will check it often now!!
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Old 17 Jan 2004, 11:19 am
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macster,

Exactly!!

I posted the loose hose problem a little while before you did. I mistakenly referred to it as a transmission cooler line. It was, in fact, the power steering cooler line.

BTW, I have a bone stock engine (except K&N drop-in filter) in my 2003 Turbo with AutoStick.

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Old 17 Jan 2004, 11:46 am
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scott any noises coming from your front end like something was wrong??
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Old 17 Jan 2004, 12:02 pm
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Bob,

No strange noise!!!! That's the scary part!

I have the ubiquitous "nylon rubbing sound" when turning the wheel at no or slow speeds. But, I have heard this sound in every PT I have driven or sat in as a passenger.

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