Is there a way to tell if a leak is p/s fluid or engine oil?
I have a leak at the front of my engine and I can't tell if it's oil or p/s fluid. It happened a few weeks ago when I bottomed out my suspension on my 4x2 in a ditch. I noticed some fluid on the power steering rack and the crossmember. I thought I had kissed the oil pan and had opened a small crack in it.
I changed the oil last week and wiped all the areas of leakage away to see if it was engine oil. This week I noticed the steering gear and cross member are covered in fluid but the oil pan is dry. It looks like it's coming from one of the fixed tubes on the gear thats right under the oil pan.
Is there a way to tell if it/s ps fluid or engine oil? Both the dipstick and the reservoir are not showing an apperciable drop.
1998 Ranger 4x2 S/C Flareside, '99 Explorer 306 with Budy Rawls Cam, GT-40X Heads, Ferrea Valves, FMS Roller Rockers, FMS Explorer headers, custom 3" single exhaust, Tremec T-3550 5 Speed transmission, Zex Wet Nitrous system with a bottle heater and a electric exhaust cutout. Belleville Volunteer Firefighter