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Old 05-11-2003, 11:20 AM
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Question power steering fluid

I just bought an 86' 560 SL (290.000 miles)
It seems to be leaking power steering fluid. Where do I check it? Thanks.
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Old 05-11-2003, 11:31 AM
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Most likely the front seal. Does your belt squeal?

I resealed mine last weekend and it is a simple, inexpensive ($6.00 for a new seal) job. The only challenge was removing the pump from the car.
2001 E430 4matic
122,xxx miles
Black/Charcoal Interior

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1995 E320, 252,xxx miles, Black/Grey
1989 260E, 223,00 miles, Black/Black
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Old 05-11-2003, 03:28 PM
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they can leak from the pump, the steering box and the lines. Be careful of the steering box, a leak there often actually comes from the high pressure line. This is the most common leak easy fix and about $50 for a new line, replace the low pressure line while your at it. The hi pressure line usually leaks from the end that attaches to the steering box, if it is leaking it will be fairly wet and dirty.
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2005 320 CDI
2006.5 VW Jetta TDI
1991 560SEL (179000 Sold)
1972 280SEL 4.5 ('The Lead Sled' 320000 miles when sold.)
1972 220D (225000 when sold)

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