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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-18-2016, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Power Steering Problem

My '00 SE's power steering went, but I don't know from where. The pump is dry, and all of the steering components are dry, but there's fluid on the ground, and I can't turn unless I'm moving. Any ideas? Also, it seems like it overheated the car, because it's puking coolant all over the place... again... As of now, the coolant tank is $59.99, and the power steering pump (if that's what it is), is $47.99 + $25.00 core charge + power steering fluid + coolant + tax... I can't even afford just the tax right now. How screwed am I? We need this car to get my wife to and from work, anyone know a cheap fix/band-aid for this?
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Need more info. Need to know where the PS fluid is leaking out and where the coolant is blowing out. They are likely not related.

DOHC rarely overheat unless the coolant is leaking out or the rad cap is the issue. OE caps have a high fail rate. 2 of my 4 had leaking caps, one just seeping, other blew all the coolant out the cap.

PS fluid gone does not mean the pump is bad. Do not drive it with no fluid in the pump. Fix the leak.

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May check the pass. end of the ps rack for the leak. See if it's blowing on the pass. firewall.
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Need more info. Need to know where the PS fluid is leaking out and where the coolant is blowing out. They are likely not related.

DOHC rarely overheat unless the coolant is leaking out or the rad cap is the issue. OE caps have a high fail rate. 2 of my 4 had leaking caps, one just seeping, other blew all the coolant out the cap.

PS fluid gone does not mean the pump is bad. Do not drive it with no fluid in the pump. Fix the leak.

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May check the pass. end of the ps rack for the leak. See if it's blowing on the pass. firewall.
@chartmaker The ps fluid seems to be coming from the passenger side of the rack like @sheila said, as the bottom of the boot is wet, but not the top. And the coolant is coming from the low fluid sensor it looks like, or maybe a smaller hose, I can't really tell. The sensor has been bad for a while and now it seems like any o-ring or whatever the seal is, is going, as the top of the tank is dry as a bone. It get worse as it heats up. So I think I need to replace the reservoir tank because the sensor can't be replaced. The cap did overflow a few times when I was having cooling troubles (my fault, I was doing just water (low boiling point)). but that's been fixed. I don't mind replacing hose, but the tank is so expensive that I can't afford it.

Now, how would I fix the steering rack? I'm pretty sure it's not something I can do at home, and I can't afford a mechanic right now. The engine bays on our cars are ridiculously crowded, and I'm a pretty big guy (tall and lanky, not round, lol). I know almost nothing about steering, so I don't even know what part(s) to look up to see if I can come up with the money.
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Wow, just looked it up. The cheap one costs $169.99 + $65.00 core... I can't afford that. I'm screwed, we need this car to get my wife to and from work, without it, she's going to get fired...
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Aaaand just watched the how-to video. I can't do it at home because I don't have the stuff to drop the engine...
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You do NOT need to drop the engine to do a rack, backing the sub-frame bolts out 3/4 of the way will do it. IIRC there's a thread or 2 here about snugging the internal seal on the passengers side of the rack.
More likely a crack in the reservoir than a leak at the sensor. The improved cap can prevent over pressurizing, definitely worthwhile.
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Fwiw, rack comes out drivers (lf) wheelwell.
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The rack is a little difficult, but definitely doesn't require engine removal, as the above have stated. If you're really strapped for cash, you can try stopping the leak with Lucas, BlueDevil, or ATP AT-205 power steering stop leak. I hate to recommend these sorts of products because even if they do work, its usually temporary. You WILL have to actually fix it at some point. But given that these products cost 10 dollars, its better than letting the whole PS system blow up due to lack of fluid. Then you can focus on fixing the coolant leak with what little money you have. But, if you do go this route, prepare to be disappointed when the leak doesn't stop. It's not a guarantee.


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^^^^ +1

Back in the late 70s, a friend had an old Plymouth Satellite with a 318 that developed a terrible PS leak from the pump seal. And I mean a BAD leak. Not wanting to fix it right, he started adding PS stop leak as the fluid leaked out (i.e., added stop leak twice a day or more). The leak stopped within a week, but by that time the PS system was filled with virtually 100% stop leak. Car lasted another year or so with no leaks until he junked it.

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