Power steering fluid leak and now cut belt ...

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  1. soncasey

    soncasey Member

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    Hi,

    I had a leaking power steering system (I am not sure where the leak is coming from) so I cut my belt not thinking that anything vital would be hooked up to it. Apparently I was wrong. The water pump and AC are also attached on the same belt (yes?) and my car overheated within a few minutes. It's pretty cold up here right now (north of Toronto) so I've only driven short distances a couple times.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? How do I find my power steering leak? I guess I am going to have to get a new belt. What can I use for power steering fluid once I get the belt on? (it will just be getting blasted all over my driveway and road until I find the leak)

    Thanks,

    (1997 Jetta turbodiesel)
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  2. DirtyTrix

    DirtyTrix New Member

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    In general, it's pretty common for the high pressure hose to leak Check the hose clamps too. Use VW PS fluid since it's some special hydraulic fluid and is good for the seals.
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  4. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

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    All the belts are important. Yes, the v-belt has the AC and water pump on it. Thankfully you didn't cut the serpentine belt which drives the oil pump and alternator! The leak should be obvious. It's possible the reservoir has cracked. Fill it up to min when cold, with the engine warm it should be filled to max.
  5. soncasey

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    Is there a belt that I can use just for the AC - water pump and exclude the power steering pump? If the power steering leak is something serious I don't know how serious I am about fixing it is all.
  6. soncasey

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    Is a cracked reservoir serious? I don't know if I will be able to find this dang leak.
  7. soncasey

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    It doesn't look like there is a leak at the actual pump, and the leak was coming from a more central area (a little more central than the oil pan) last night. Where does the pump pump to? There's a mess of liquid all over the inside area (no idea of parts etc.) and I don't know how much is boiled-over coolant from the heating up.
  8. soncasey

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    Also, the slider/bolt that the power steering pump is on is more than difficult to move. Any suggestions?
  9. chittychittybangbang

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    See this article for suggestions on moving the slider bolt;
    http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q_how_to/a3b4/passatchrip.htm

    The PS fluid is a closed circuit from the reservoir to the pump and to the steering rack. There should be some banjo bolts (bolts with a hole in the middle to let fluid pass) at the pump and the steering rack. It's unlikely but these could have loosened. More likely is the high pressure hose is leaking. You just have to follow the line.

    I don't know of a belt you could use to exclude the PS pump since the OEM belts are: with AC or without AC. No option for no power steering. You could have a custom belt made but I would really just try to fix the leak. Here is a diagram of the system:
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  10. soncasey

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    Okay, thanks I will see what happens.
  11. soncasey

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    The slider bolt is not sliding and I am just grinding off the teeth of it. I guess I will have to pay someone to do this foolishly easy task.
  12. soncasey

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    Okay, belt attached, fluids are topped and I think I've located the leak? When I crank on the wheel it leaks pretty steadily from the line in between the red lines in the pic (I think). *It could be the line underneath the highlighted one (the brake line?).
    What is that line called? Is it easy to replace?

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  13. grizzly

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    Can't see but it's probably either the high or low pressure line. They were shown on the last page and those are the only 2 PS fluid lines there. You just have to unbolt them to replace. It's a bit of a bear but you should be able to see all the lines once you jack up the car.
  14. soncasey

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    I brought it to the mechanic and he said it is the HP hose and he's gonna try to fix the LP hose while he's there. Should be about $400(!), no big deal (...).

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