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Power steering gasket leak

I've got a small leak coming from this part of the power steering reservoir from a bad o-ring. I'm thinking this is a simple o-ring remove/replace, but not sure if there's going to be any surprises. Also what do part do i ask for at autozone (what is the o-ring part#)

I'm thinking:
- drain power steering fluid (merc V) via turkey baster
- remove steel hose
- remove bad o-ring
- replace with new o-ring
- re-attach steel hose
- add fluid

sound good?
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I've got a small leak coming from this part of the power steering reservoir from a bad o-ring. I'm thinking this is a simple o-ring remove/replace, but not sure if there's going to be any surprises. Also what do part do i ask for at autozone (what is the o-ring part#)

I'm thinking:
- drain power steering fluid (merc V) via turkey baster
- remove steel hose
- remove bad o-ring
- replace with new o-ring
- re-attach steel hose
- add fluid

sound good?
I'm thinking you're probably right. I took one of those lines off once and some parts came flying out as I removed it, I could never find whatever came out. Didn't make that mistake twice.

I don't think you'll be able to get the fluid low enough with the turkey baster to stop it from pouring out when you disconnect that line, so put something underneath. It usually covers the a/c compressor. If you're lucky, the fluid won't get air in it.

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I've got a small leak coming from this part of the power steering reservoir from a bad o-ring. I'm thinking this is a simple o-ring remove/replace, but not sure if there's going to be any surprises. Also what do part do i ask for at autozone (what is the o-ring part#)

I'm thinking:
- drain power steering fluid (merc V) via turkey baster
- remove steel hose
- remove bad o-ring
- replace with new o-ring
- re-attach steel hose
- add fluid

sound good?
As i recall from my 93 doing this, they are special Teflon or such orings
I had to buy the OEM seal kit from the Ford Dealer.

You can check the "help products" section of the parts store and you
might get lucky to find the special orings in a display pack. The counter
guys are probabaly going to be dumb as a rock when you ask them about it.

It might help to put tape or such on the fitting threads while your trying
to pull the orings past the threads.

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As i recall from my 93 doing this, they are special Teflon or such orings
I had to buy the OEM seal kit from the Ford Dealer.

You can check the "help products" section of the parts store and you
might get lucky to find the special orings in a display pack. The counter
guys are probabaly going to be dumb as a rock when you ask them about it.

It might help to put tape or such on the fitting threads while your trying
to pull the orings past the threads.
You can buy C-II pump seal kits, maybe it comes in that.

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There is just an oring that seals the fitting to the reservoir. I can't remember if its 3/4" or 7/8" x 3/32" thick. You don't have to remove the line first as the line has a swivel fitting allowing it to spin on the tubing. I believe I used a 15/16" open end wrench on the large hex. Also I think there is a spring loaded valve or something inside the reservoir slightly pushing against the fitting. It may take a little inward hand pressure to get the fitting to start threading back in.
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There is just an oring that seals the fitting to the reservoir. I can't remember if its 3/4" or 7/8" x 3/32" thick. You don't have to remove the line first as the line has a swivel fitting allowing it to spin on the tubing. I believe I used a 15/16" open end wrench on the large hex. Also I think there is a spring loaded valve or something inside the reservoir slightly pushing against the fitting. It may take a little inward hand pressure to get the fitting to start threading back in.
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