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Old 16 Apr 2011, 08:28 am
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Default Power steering leak

My '01 PT Cruiser recently began leaking a good amount of power steering fluid on the garage floor. This car has 110,000 miles on it could the power steering pump have a bad leak or can it be comming from some place other than the pump that i don't kno about?
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 09:07 am
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Could be pump, any hose or fitting or internal leak in the rack.

have you crawled underneath to look??

Also ever change the fluid in it? That goes a long way in prolonging the life of the rack. Old dirty burnt up fluid kills the seals.
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 09:31 am
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Yes i looked underneath it looks to be running down by the oil pan so i was thinking power steering pump.
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Could be pump, any hose or fitting or internal leak in the rack. I did add stop leak to it was not leaking this bad when it was cold but now it is leaking bad. Oil is black or dirty...

have you crawled underneath to look??

Also ever change the fluid in it? That goes a long way in prolonging the life of the rack. Old dirty burnt up fluid kills the seals.

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Old 16 Apr 2011, 12:46 pm
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Default Re: Power steering leak

As VNT said, it could be coming from several differant points in the steering system. At this point, because you say you have looked underneath the car and you still can't see pinpoint the leak, that's telling me that you aren't mechanically inclined or you would have simply followed the lines to/from the pump and to/from the rack and spotted the leak. Also your letting this go for "awhile" tells me the same thing. Since you apparently are going to have a mechanic fix this after all is said and done --- take it to him now. You could easily damage the pump or rack by waiting. tirs

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Old 16 Apr 2011, 09:51 pm
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Don't spend any dollars yet. The Kids 01 had this problem too with 65K on it right after we bought it 2.5 years ago. There is a recall. Find a good dealership though, the one up by her at school played with it kept her waiting all day, said they fixed it ... replacement of hose is proceedure. Her next trip in town it was still leaking, I racked it at work and that new hose looked like the same one that was leaking before. Filled with fluid called that service manager and asked if they would fix it correctly or if I had to go above him or should we try a dealer 90 miles closer to where the car was at that time.
Chrysler was not fixing thing too well 2 years ago .... they were not sure they would still be here, so hopefully you will get better treatment.

The leak on her car was right under engine where the P/S hose passes. There is a metal compression joining two pieces of hose right in that area and it is covered by a mesh hose covering to make it harder to see the problem.

Here is the recall link, I did not see any for 01 PT on ALLDATA ... guess they don't have all data becuase there are at least 5!
2001 CHRYSLER STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
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Old 17 Apr 2011, 05:55 am
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My high pressure hose has just developed a leak (2.0l, 83K). I jacked the car up, put it on axle stands and saw that the plastic mesh covering the hose, at a point where it goes past the bottom of the engine, was covered in fluid. I pulled back the mesh and got somebody to turn the steering wheel with the car running. On full lock I could see a squirt of fluid coming out of the hose, only does it when it hits full lock and lasts less than a second. As the hose is the equivalent of $150 here in the UK, I'm getting a hydraulic hose specialist to make me up a new one, hopefully for half the price.
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Old 17 Apr 2011, 11:35 am
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Thanks guys i took the bottom panel off today. Took a better look turned the wheel lock to lock and held it in the lock position for a few seconds and seen it come out of the front of the pump. Do i need new p/s pump ? or could i use a flush read that this could cause a leak? Thanks again
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I had the same leak in my 01 N/A and its was leaking from the pump seal, behind the pulley. I bought a rebuild pump and replaced it. If you going t do it yourself, you can borrow a pulley puller from Autozone.
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Old 17 Apr 2011, 12:57 pm
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Yes it is comming from the same place as you stated. Gonna do it myself how was the job what is the best way to change it out? thanks
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I had the same leak in my 01 N/A and its was leaking from the pump seal, behind the pulley. I bought a rebuild pump and replaced it. If you going t do it yourself, you can borrow a pulley puller from Autozone.
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Old 17 Apr 2011, 02:08 pm
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It's a pain to do it because there is little room to work. To make more room I removed the grille, the upper radiator support , upper radiator hose and the radiator fan.Then you have to remove the belt and the pump bracket. Disconnect the hoses and then replace the pump. Try to loose the hoses, using a flare nut wrench, before you remove it from the bracket otherwise its a pain to loose that nut.I believe I cost me around $50 for a rebuilt pump.
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