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Old 09-09-2002, 06:23 PM
Hilton Smith
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96 C280 Pwr Steering Cyl leak

I just got 96 C280, 44k miles, out of shop for head gasket replacement, drove about 200 miles, no oil leaks, but power steering cylinder leaks after engine is cut off. Reservior wass overfilled about 5 ounzes, to the top, and first run of engine, no leak, Then ran it again and it leaks. The fluid leaks from a 1/8 inch diameter hole in the bottom of the brass end of the cylinder that is attached to the frame. There is also anothr 1/8 inch diameter hole 90 degrees from this one that faces aft. I would not be surprised if the bottom hole should not have a plug. Also, could the overfill have blown the seal in the ckylinder/piston?
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Old 09-09-2002, 06:35 PM
Hilton Smith
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96 C280 Pwr Steering Cyl leak

I got egg on my face big time. It is not he power steering cylinder leaking - it is the damper! I just looked up part on Fast Lane and saw picture of damper. I guess if it leaks, you replace it, right?
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Old 09-09-2002, 07:07 PM
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If it's the damper.....

Replacement is so easy! You can EASILY do it yourself... and the part is only about $25.

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Old 09-09-2002, 11:42 PM
Hilton Smith
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1996 C280 Steering Damper (corrected) leak

Yes, it is the damper, I can see the fluid drip out of the bottom hole I described in origianl post. The $25 cost is right on plus shipping - have it on order. Should be a piece of cake - two bolts. I don't know what I was thinking in orginal post as last car I had that had a power steering actuator cylinder attached to steering linkage was '69 Mustang which I spent a lot of this past winter rebuilding engine (351C) and readying the car for sale - sold in March, I believe. Thanks for info.
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