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Old 07-03-2019, 07:02 PM
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Power steering please help!

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I'm hoping this isn't an omen. I never buy a vehicle with over 100,000 miles, well, until two days ago. I bought a 2008 Manual JK with 129,000 miles. I was loving it. I've only put about 100 miles on it, and then today the power steering fluid was all gone! I had done some slight off-roading, but nothing nearly overly taxing. And that was yesterday. Today I drove a short 10 miles into town and back, and then when going out to dinner, noticed that the steering was getting harder and harder to control. Sure enough, when I arrived home, I checked and the fluid is all gone. The leak started as I drove out of the garage tonight, as indicated by the line of PS fluid up the driveway and down my road. I've read that the power steering pump doesn't like to be taxed with hard turns while revving the engine, but I don't think I did that. To my untrained eye, it looks like the leak is at a spot in the line just behind the radiator. Just my luck that all garages will be closed on the 4th, but I'd love to hear some opinions on what the problem might be. I'm really hoping that it is just a broken line. I also need to know if I will damage anything If I continue to drive the car like this, just long enough to get it to a local garage.
Thanks in advance for any help!
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Odds are, it's just a leak. Get some ATF+4 and have someone turn the wheel while you're watching the hoses. If the leak isn't too bad, top it off and get to a shop tomorrow. Put something under the Jeep to catch the fluid, too.

I can't tell you that the pump will or won't get damaged from running it dry, but I wouldn't do it unless I had to.

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Yes the other guy is right. Power steering leaks usually aren’t a big deal on most cars. Shouldn’t be to hard to fix. Fix it up with fluid. Get someone to sit in the Jeep with it running. I usually have them turn the steering wheel all the way to the stop and just keep slight pressure to the steering wheel. You don’t have to do it hard. You’ll hear the pump work a little harder at the stop. Anyway while they are doing that just see where it’s coming from. It’s either your pump, steering box, or one of the two lines. Even if your going to take it to someone else to repair it I would still see if I could find the leak. That way you don’t have to worry about someone charging you a big diagnostic fee or fixing something that isn’t broken.
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Hello,
I'm hoping this isn't an omen. I never buy a vehicle with over 100,000 miles, well, until two days ago. I bought a 2008 Manual JK with 129,000 miles. I was loving it. I've only put about 100 miles on it, and then today the power steering fluid was all gone! I had done some slight off-roading, but nothing nearly overly taxing. And that was yesterday. Today I drove a short 10 miles into town and back, and then when going out to dinner, noticed that the steering was getting harder and harder to control. Sure enough, when I arrived home, I checked and the fluid is all gone. The leak started as I drove out of the garage tonight, as indicated by the line of PS fluid up the driveway and down my road. I've read that the power steering pump doesn't like to be taxed with hard turns while revving the engine, but I don't think I did that. To my untrained eye, it looks like the leak is at a spot in the line just behind the radiator. Just my luck that all garages will be closed on the 4th, but I'd love to hear some opinions on what the problem might be. I'm really hoping that it is just a broken line. I also need to know if I will damage anything If I continue to drive the car like this, just long enough to get it to a local garage.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Greg
Steering pump doesn't like to run dry -it would become noisier and will require replacement. Another issue is pump running dry will send metal powder/shavings down the system.
Probably you will need to replace the leaking line.
Do not drive it without ATF. aka Steering fluid
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