Power steering and oil leaks

POWER STEERING FLUID LEAK AND OIL LEAKS, WHAT WOULD BE THE MOST COSTLY AND THE MOST URGENT AT THIS POINT?

My car has 101300 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. If you are having multiple leaks on the vehicle, the first thing you would need to do is degrease the vehicle and recheck to see where the oil leaks are coming from. The power steering could be just a loose clamp on a line. For the other leaks, look around the engine compartment and see where the leaks are coming from.

Most engine leaks are from the valve cover gaskets. Replace any part that has a leak. If you need further assistance diagnosing your vehicle, then seek out a professional mechanic, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you with the leaks you have found.

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WHAT CAUSES A POWER STEERING FLUID LEAK? Answer. Like the other systems in your vehicle, the power steering system simply ages and degrades over time. As you put more miles on your vehicle, the O-rings and seals in the power steering system lose flexibility, and tiny bits of the seals end up in the fluid.
Generally a power steering fluid leak can be identified easily. You will either a visible fluid spill under your vehicle or hear a squealing sound when turning your steering wheel whilst driving. Power steering fluid is a generally a reddish brown so should be easily distinguished from either coolant or engine oil.
This occurrence will usually be noticed in the morning when you start the car to drive out. So, ensure to check around your garage to see whether there are oil stains on the floor due to a power steering fluid leak when a car is off. This can be a sign that your car`s steering system is leaking fluid.
It can damage your vehicle which can lead to hefty repair costs. Leaks can result in a reduction in pressure, which will result in pumps and other components wearing out. This will cause your power steering to stop working. Turning will be much more difficult, if not impossible, and could result in an accident.
Age and constant usage are the two biggest contributing factors to a power steering fluid leak. As the supply and pressure hoses start to age, they may develop holes through which the fluid can leak. Likewise, the O-rings and seals gradually lose their flexibility as your mileage increases.
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The last and most common power steering fluid leak happens in the actual steering gear or rack. The seals here are subject to the most road grime and dirt which can wear down the shafts and seals making this part more prone to leaks. Again, leaks are usually found at connection points and seals.

Power Steering Fluid Leaks

Like transmission fluid, power steering fluid will range between light reddish brown to brown on the color spectrum. However, the viscosity will be thin and the leak will be located closer to the front end of your vehicle.

This problem can be fixed on your own, but if you`re not sure how to fix electric power steering problems, take it to a certified mechanic.
In many cases, your car will need a power steering flush. A power steering flush will ensure the fluid is clean and free of debris. Your technician or mechanic will also need to tighten or replace certain parts. For instance, you may need new hoses if yours have sustained significant wear.
Since power steering fluid usually only leaks while your engine is running, the drips can often land on the road or be blown back under the engine of your car not leaving any puddles or spots on your driveway or in your parking spots.
Power Steering Fluid Leaks

Like transmission fluid, power steering fluid will range between light reddish brown to brown on the color spectrum. However, the viscosity will be thin and the leak will be located closer to the front end of your vehicle.

The color of your power steering fluid will be affected by time. If it is fresh, it will be red, but as time goes on it will turn reddish-brown before eventually settling into plain old brown.
How can you tell if a rack and pinion system with power steering is leaking? Leaking steering fluid typically has a burning oil smell and is usually red or pink in colour. You might notice a small puddle of this on the ground under the rear of your motor.
Proper power steering fluid will be fairly clear with an amber or pinkish color to it. If it looks more brown or black, it means your fluid has been contaminated by rubber. This often comes from nearby hoses and seals. You`ll have to flush and replace your fluid if it`s too dirty.
How can you tell if a rack and pinion system with power steering is leaking? Leaking steering fluid typically has a burning oil smell and is usually red or pink in colour. You might notice a small puddle of this on the ground under the rear of your motor.

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Oil was leaking, put in over 4 qts of oil and oil leak stopper. White smoke coming tailpipe,engine shakes, car dies. Oil leaking.
ANSWER : Oil additives are not recommended by any vehicle manufacturer for any reason. Additives that purport to resolve oil leaks are useless, a waste of your money, and may result in engine damage. Every vehicle manufacturer strongly recommends against use of these materials. There is only one recommended and approved repair strategy when it comes to oil leaks: fix the leak.

You can only add the manufacturer specified amount of oil to an engine. If you add too much oil, or too little oil, that will cause engine damage. You should check the engine oil dipstick to determine if there is presently too much oil in the engine. If there is too much, the excess will have to be removed to prevent engine damage.

The leak that you are referring to can be repaired if you request an oil leak diagnostic. If you have further questions or concerns as you decide what to do, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic because we want you to make the most of your repair dollars and help you get the best possible results.

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My car is leaking oil i got an oil change for it last month but it is still leaking oil what will cause my car to leak oil ?
ANSWER : Most older cars have oil leaks. Sealing technology has just not kept up with mechanical improvements to engines so much so that leaks often kill engines rather than mechanical problems. So, it is not unexpected at all to have an, indeed many, oil leaks on a 23 year old car. Oil leaks vary hugely in terms of severity and priority of repair. Oil leaking onto a hot engine manifold is the worst case (the oil can start a fire; at best, you are left breathing oil fumes in the cabin, as the oil burns off of the manifold) while de minimus seepage of oil at the oil drain plug or oil pan gasket, while annoying and messy, if limited enough is not an emergency. Some leaks are easy to repair, while others literally require the engine to be removed just to get physical access to all the leak points. In your circumstance, if you smell burning oil, oil is probably leaking onto a hot engine part such as the exhaust manifold. A certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic right to your location, can perform an oil leak diagnostic and then let you know of your repair options and costs.

As far as the check engine light, that is not related to the oil leak(s). If you request a check engine light diagnostic, a certified mechanic from YourMechanic would use a code scanner to retrieve the specific diagnostic trouble code(s) from your car’s PCM that have caused the check engine light to illuminate. Using those codes, the appropriate individual vehicle components or sub-systems (often a sensor, circuit, and the like) are then carefully tested, based on specifications set forth in your car’s Factory Service Manual, to pinpoint the cause of the fault or the reason why the check engine light has illuminated. Once the faulty part or component is identified, it is explained to your satisfaction and the mechanic will let you know of the cost to repair. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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Are these oil leak problems related?
ANSWER : If the oil filter housing is integral to the oil cooler, or the housing had to be removed to service the cooler, a professional mechanic with knowledge of the limited service life of rubber seals would have absolutely (guaranteed) replaced the filter housing gasket that you are now belatedly finding leaks. However, if the leaking gasket is in an assembly that was not touched, or is not part of the cooler, they might be on reasonable grounds to have not fooled with it. These cooler configurations vary (from Mercedes Benz model to model) so, having the advice I just gave, you can just simply ask them what configuration you have and go from there. The bottom line is, if indeed, the gasket that is presently leaking was "right in front of them" while they did the warranty work, it should have been replaced simply as a matter of course. Indeed, the weak link on modern engines has become gaskets and seals. The engine will mechanically far outlast the gasket and seals but the problem is to replace all of them (once they all leak) you have to literally take the engine out of the car and take it apart just to put all new seals in. Please let us know how we can help further on this issue.

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My odyssey has 220k miles and needs all new motor mounts, has a power steering pump leak, valve cover gaskets leaking badly, power
ANSWER : Hi, I will be glad to help you with this. The services that you are writing in about are all offered by YourMechanic. You can obtain a written quote, and schedule the repairs to suit your needs, by simply visiting YourMechanic’s Services Page. Once on the Services page, please click on any service that you desire, then click on "Get a Quote" and enter your vehicle information (year, make, model). So, for example, if you desire motor mount replacement, you would first click on Motor Mount Replacement from YourMechanic’s Services Page. Then, once you land on the referred page for motor mounts, just click on "Get a quote". Follow the same procedure for each desired service that you select from YourMechanic’s Services Page. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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had power steering pump replaced but power steering fluid is leaking
ANSWER : This suggests that you may have a leak somewhere else in your power steering system such as one of the hoses or the rack and pinion system. As you may know, the power steering system is a highly pressurized system that can have as much as 300+psi of pressure in the system at times, so it is not uncommon for these types of leaks to happen. If you’d like to get this fixed, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose the leak in your power steering system and make the the necessary repairs to fix it.

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Power steering hose leaking might be leaking
ANSWER : Hello. If there is not a serious leak, some mechanics will not mention it either because they missed it or because they felt like it was not significant enough to do so. If you really want to know, you need to take the vehicle to have it inspected and ask the mechanic to check for any leaks. One leak can also look like another depending on where it is coming from. The cost is going to depend on what the vehicle needs. If you want to have these oil leaks looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair this.

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Just noticed a huge oil leak trailing my car. It seems to be coming from below the engine. I recently had my oil changed a month
ANSWER : You might have a problem with the oil filter leaking when you rev the engine and increase the oil pressure. This can be from a collapsed oil filter media or excessive oil pressure from the engine. I recommend having the oil and filter replaced using a good quality filter and have the oil leak verified to be from the filter. Make sure to not run the engine low on oil. If you are finding you do not want to drive with the leak, a mobile technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office, and replace both your filter, and oil.

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lost all oil pressure, replaced the oil pump, low oil sensor, oil pressure sensor, oil pan gasket,
ANSWER : The fuel pump will not stay on if you loose oil pressure. This is why it is shutting off. The loss of oil pressure may be from bad crankshaft bearings or camshaft bearings. The engine oil pan should be removed and the oil pump needs to be checked to ensure that you put in the pick up tube seal to the pump and connected the pump to the block. Then remove at least one main bearing cap and inspect the bearings for excessive wear and crankshaft damage. If you need some help with this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can help diagnose the issue with your oil pressure firsthand and help you fix it accordingly.

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