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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 2:10 pm 
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Hmm, as subject says really..

Leaky patch has been appearing for a few weeks now each morning.
It's slightly oily.

Is running from the region of the PAS header? tank.

Drips down all over the alternator and then onto the road.

Also a bit of a patch around sump although i think thats me bodging things and forgetting a sump plug washer :rolleyes: :lol:

Anyway back on topic:
I think the main power steering pipe that comes up from the back of the engine and into the fluid reservoir is leaking.. its got a fair amount of oil around it.

So i am asking:
Are there any common faults like this? with the power steering going? The level isnt bad but its deffinately enough to get me out of my chair and under the bonnet.

Any ideas would be nice before i replace pipes that didnt need it :)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:07 pm 
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would be surprised if it was power steering fluid

the flexi pipes are of a steel reinforced and matting construction under the rubber, takes a hcksaw to get through em and the other non flexiparts are stell lines of about 1mm think wall

also power steering fluid isn't overly oily, just very dense so it doesn't compress.

fit a washer on your sump while your there.

what does the fluid smell of? does smell like power steering fluid or engine oil?

they smell very different.

it coud be oil leaking from somewhere and being throw by the cam belt of aux belt, when they get oil on em the dont half spray it a fair way.

my advise is to give the engine bay a good clean then start it up and see if you can find where it is leaking from.

jack ya car up and start the engine then turn the sterring lock to lock and see if it makes it drip.

let us know of your findings mate :D

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2005 1:59 pm 
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well i c leaned all the power steering pipes and such , infact i cleaned a lot of stuff including the sump..

it liquid is like almost blacky blue but still translucent..

i didnt fit a sump washer when i changed the oil last time (at work.. dont have ford parts where i work.. :rolleyes: )

but yeh there is oil around the back of the sump but theres still liquid dripping off of the alternator..

It's a bit weird.. i also thought perhaps it could be brake fluid :frown: ?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:50 pm 
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I had a similar problem, found out in my case it was the coolant leaking from the end of the rubber hose towards the front, that connects to the rubber hose connected to the water rail. Only leaked when the engine was turned on or cooling down though because of the pressure.

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should get it up on a ramp 2moro so ill put some pics up probably.

um i noticed that pipe you just mentioned dripping a fair bit so it might just be coolant (as my coolant is a nasty colour - might do a coolant change too).

Only thing is the "liquid" is more oil based as it leaves a patch on the road for a few days.

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If your coolant is horrible and brown, it will leave a patch on the road. I think my alternator is still covered in it from this incident:

http://www.fiesta-si.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=195

Have a read of that.

It seems everybody's lower rad hose is going at the same time :lol: Loads of people have said theirs is leaking :rolleyes:

I think its a conspiracy from Ford :P

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Aye that's the same problem as mine, didn't realise mine was empty until I saw the patch on the driveway. Was wondering why my fan kept kicking in :lol:

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Sounds like a conspiracy indeed

Ill have another check on the ramp again 2moro.

May aswell change the rad while im at it seeing as ive found one for ?40..

Thanks so far anyway just wait until i come back

"fixed water leak now.. is leaking"

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So was it the coolant?

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yes mate.

I am actually quite amazed at everyones going within a few weeks from each other.
:lol:

I may well put up a guide when i change it seeing as everyones is bound to go within the next few weeks.

(just have to work a week before i can buy the new pipe :lol: )

Why won't the government recognise that without a minimum wage for apprentices, we wont have any left, and with no apprentices, we'll run out of people with a trade and then the country will brake down into a country of morons because the government couldnt invest another 2 quid an hour. /rant over.


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Mine's leaking again, not as bad as before though, which makes it even worse, can't see where it's leaking from, it takes at least 2 weeks to empty the bottle :x

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mine was the same,

fixed leak on o/s with new lower rad hose,

day after starts leaking on the n/s which doesnt look like fun :lol:


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Strang thing is I had a garage change all of the hoses for new ones, must've forgot to fully tighten one of the clips. Either that or there is a small crack in the bottle.

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