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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:44    Post subject: Power steering fluid leak Reply with quote

I have noticed that my power steering fluid is leaking. It's not a massive leak but enough to make me need to top it up every few days. Its not coming from the reservoir and if the thing I can see is the pump, as I think it is then it's not coming from there either. Which presumably means its coming from a pipe somewhere.

Is there anywhere in the power steering system that is prone to leaking? Its the GV 2.5 V6 if that makes any difference.

Thanks,

Mark
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 14:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

most vitara steering boxes leak from the splined part, to the left of the hose in this picture. quite simple to remove and fix the leak
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 15:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok thanks very much for the reply and pic. Is that located towards the bottom of the engine bay?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 18:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

as you open the bonnet its just below the driversside headlight Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 21:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok thanks I will check that out tomorrow when I get some daylight
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 19:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Also check the rubber belows on the actual steering rack, the seals in the rack can fail and fill up the bellows with oil evertime the steering is used, depends on the leak , can take ages to notice, just something to think about if you cant see a physical leak. can be resealed, rechromed or replaced. cheers.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 21:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

its rack not box there i think andy,

first place to check as said is the rack boots (rubber bellows) either side of the rack, if these are filled with fluid then its prob time for a new rack.

then go from there if theyre dry
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 15:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, thanks for your help everyone. Think it's coming from around the steering rack so have had to take it to the garage because I am useless with mechanics  Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 16:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

ask them to put it up on the ramp and show you where the problem is.

if its just a leaky joint, it should be cured with a little ptfe tape and reconnectin. nice and cheap Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 21:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be good. It is being looked at tomorrow so will keep you posted.
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