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Old January 9th, 2015, 06:18 PM
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Help - Start of weekend power steering leak

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Driving around, notice the steering gets tougher. Figured the fluid was low. Got out and noticed a puddle underneath the steering box. With the weather so nasty outside, I only got a quick glance, but I'd guess its coming from the box, not a hose.

When I refilled the fluid level, there's a steady flow of fluid coming out right at the linkage to the steering.

Any suggestions to limp this along until Monday when I can get it into the shop? Since it's a '94 with multiple belts, the belt to the steering only serves the pump, IIRC. Could I just cut the belt to the steering pump, or would something else go wrong.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 06:45 PM
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Hit it with cleaner and see where the leak starts.

If you are lucky it's a hose fitting - or the pump.

If it is the box it may just be the drop arm seal and a kit (we and everyone else should have them in stock) can renew the seal - much easier to manage with the box on a bench, but doable in situ.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 06:51 PM
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Thanks. It looks to be leaking right around the drop arm. I think maybe the cold snap effected the seal.

Back to my issue, though, is there anything I can do if I need to drive it before it gets fixed?

I don't want to ruin the pump with the fluid level empty.
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Thanks. It looks to be leaking right around the drop arm. I think maybe the cold snap effected the seal.

Back to my issue, though, is there anything I can do if I need to drive it before it gets fixed?

I don't want to ruin the pump with the fluid level empty.
Take the belt off and eat your Wheaties is about all you can do if you can't stop the leak. LR o-rings and seals hate cold. Last winter my xfer case pissed itself the first cold night we had.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 06:57 PM
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I've had good luck with Lucas Oil Power Steering Stop Leak as a short term fix.
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