power steering leak

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Old 10-19-02, 06:20 PM
kncshn
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power steering leak

My son's 91 Ponitac GP with 3.1 V6 (130K miles) is leaking power steering fluid. Do i fix it or get a new one? (the pump, not the car!) How hard is this job? i have done brakes, starters, water pumps, etc., but not much lately.
 
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Old 10-19-02, 06:37 PM
otter_
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if it's the pump

that's leaking, replace it. Are you sure that it's the pump that's leaking rather than a pressure hose or the rack itself?
 
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Old 10-21-02, 05:48 AM
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am trying some stop leak. i believe the pump is leaking. car has 172K miles, not 130K. (car has been away with son at college) What is a rack?
 
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Old 10-21-02, 05:49 AM
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oops, rack is part of rack and pinion,, duh.
 
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Old 10-21-02, 06:03 AM
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I suggest he have the car checked out professionally. It could be a leaking rack and pinion or a pressure or return line or the pump itself.

Will be tough to pinpoint without seeing the car.
 
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Old 10-21-02, 08:18 PM
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if it's the pump,

but unless you've done it before, I'd leave it to a pro. Not too much room to work around that 3.1. Stop leak only works for so long and I would wager that it's not too good for the seals in the rest of the system.
 
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Old 10-22-02, 06:12 AM
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roger, going to the shop soon. Thanks for the help!
 
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