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power steering fluid leak
Thursday, September 07, 2017 11:03 AM

2001 cavalier 220K 5-speed manual 2.2L:

Had the water pump replaced about 5 weeks ago and from that moment on, have been leaking power steering fluid. This is why I have stopped taking the car in for any service - I always get one problem fixed and drive out with a new one. I figured that the guy must have broke something loose or used too much force on the s-belt and that started the leak since it wasn't there prior to the water pump repair. Anyway, for a while I didn't know if it was engine oil or power steering but now I know for sure it is power steering fluid. Pump has started to make that awful whining, grinding noise especially when turning the wheels. Anyway, I had just been adding more fluid but this isn't going to work out too much longer. So I have a few questions for anyone with knowledge or experience.

I can't see anything from the top nor from the bottom, but everything on the passenger side all around the axle and front right wheel and pretty much anything in that quadrant of the bottom of the car is dripping with the fluid. Is there anything that I can get to myself under there that might just be a hose or fitting or O-ring - or is it pretty much for sure that it is the pump itself that is leaking? Is the reservoir a possible source? Can you / should you replace either / or the reservoir or the pump without the other one or do they come together? Is this a do-it-yourself thing or is it better to take it to a shop? Finally - I have been using Prestone in the yellow bottle. Would it pay to try a different (I'm thinking Walmart since its cheaper at the rate I am going through it now) brand and/or does anything with "stop leak" work on the power steering? (I know not to use it in coolant).

Thanks for the help.

Re: power steering fluid leak
Thursday, September 07, 2017 10:10 PM
Those additives usually cause more problems then anything. Its only a temp fix anyways. It could be leaking from where the inner tie rods connect to the rack. There is some sort of seal there. Either way im sure its a pain to fix and usually ur best bet would be to buy a whole rack as the rebuild kits are getting harder to find and pricy i heard

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