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Power steering fluid leak........

i am leaking power steering fluid on my truck. it is leaking down onto the suspension bars.

i am not sure if the pump is leaking itself or the hoses, any help is greatly appreciated on what to look for and where?

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Check the accordion boot on the steering rack that is near the front wheels. It may be cut/torn.
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is this boot about 3-4" in diameter?

does fluid flow through this boot?
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After you say boot a few times, it starts to lose it's meaning....boot.
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Have you recently forced the steering wheel to turn with the engine shut off ?
The PS doesn't like that and will 'burp' fluid when the engine is started.
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The rubber boots on the steering rack are there to keep dust and dirt out, NOT to keep PS fluid in. If there is PS fluid leaking from the boots, the seals in the steering rack need replacing, or the entire rack.
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a temp remedy.....Prestone Stop Leak for power steering. My lil brothers ranger has an odd leakage coming from the passenger side boot. His truck only has 40k on it, and has been doing this since about 20k. He put some of that Stop Leak in it and hasn't had an issue since.
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my neighbor got down underneath the truck and said my "gear box" is leaking.

does the gear box have another name on these trucks?
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i think they call the gear box transmissions not sure
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"steering box" is another name for it. It is what your steering wheel shaft goes into, then a series of gears inside go to a stud on to which a pitman arm mounts, and your steering components then mount to that.

Unless your neighbor is talking about the transmission?


Ayers......he doesn't have a rack & pinion.
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have you check your fluids level if it the power steering fluid are transmission are leaking
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the fluid leaking is red and it is leaking onto suspension bars directly underneath power steering pump.
yup, pump was low on fluid, i filled her up
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the fluid leaking is red and it is leaking onto suspension bars directly underneath power steering pump.
yup, pump was low on fluid, i filled her up
the fluid on the ground is red? that's transmission fluid. the power steering fluid it clear but turns brown color
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the fluid on the ground is red? that's transmission fluid. the power steering fluid it clear but turns brown color
I use ATF in my P/S system. Same stuff.
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the fluid on the ground is red? that's transmission fluid. the power steering fluid it clear but turns brown color
maybe the newer rangers are different but the 94 rangers take ATF in their pumps.
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I use ATF in my P/S system. Same stuff.
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maybe the newer rangers are different but the 94 rangers take ATF in their pumps.
damn i did not know that i use power steering on my 96 and its clear
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you may want to look into that 215
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a temp remedy.....Prestone Stop Leak for power steering. My lil brothers ranger has an odd leakage coming from the passenger side boot. His truck only has 40k on it, and has been doing this since about 20k. He put some of that Stop Leak in it and hasn't had an issue since.
Yeah, but Id probably use the Lucas powersteering stop leak instead.
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Yeah, but Id probably use the Lucas powersteering stop leak instead.
haha, mine leaks so bad that lucas barely even slows the leak down. I would at least try it though.
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the fluid on the ground is red? that's transmission fluid. the power steering fluid it clear but turns brown color
only automatic transmission fluid is red, manual transmissions like he has use gear oil..which isnt red
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Edit, ignore post.
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