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Old 02-02-2001, 02:08 AM
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I have a 1995 C280 and I just had a 4-wheel alignment done, and the tech (while under the car) said that my power steering hoses were worn or leaking ever so slightly, but it shouldn'e be a problem that has to be fixed imminently because I just had fluid refilled and its okay since reservoir has plenty of fluid in it - anyhow is this a cheap DIYER that I could do myself - although it's hard to crawl under the car now since its been lowered. Anyhow, I would appreciate some adivce/comments on this issue and the best place/cheapeast place to get the part. Also, its leaking oil somehwere and its dripping off an "alternator-looking" device located in the right front area of the engine bay - what I mean to say is that an oily residue is leaking off this (real slowly though) silverly alternator looking device thats located northwest of the right front wheel - they said its may be leaking up in the engine bay - any idea as to where the oil may actually be leaking from - the car has 77000 miles on it and just had the oil changed as well as all the fluids in December. Please advise on both these issues.


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Old 02-02-2001, 08:39 PM
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Most of the time, the oil leaks from the front of the engine will come from the head gasket or the fron lower timing cover. The only real way to know is to steam and drive.
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Old 02-03-2001, 07:36 AM
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I have the same "problem". My suggestion is that it is not a power steering hose gone bad, but just a host-clamp that needs to be renewed (as it usually is...).
The alternator looking device is the compressor for the air conditioning system.

Check the power steering hoses at the ands where they are clamped on the metal outlets of the power steering devices; you will probably see rests of oil leaking out there...


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