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Old 26 Feb 2004, 02:52 pm
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Default 91 legend with 315k miles leaking Power Steering fluid

Dear all:

My buddy's 91 LS legend with 315k miles has recently been leaking
power steering fluid. A year and half ago, the car was diagnosed with
a bad steering joint (I forget the name of the joint--I think it is
something like a wiggle joint). The steering sometimes makes a
clicking sound.

He's put Lucas thick power st. fluid in there, but the level is
still going down. Short of having the joint fix, what else could be
done?

One thought he has is just keep on refilling the power steering.
It may be more economical than paying a whole bunch of money to fix
the thing. The car does have 315k miles on it, so even though the
engine is still running like a champion, he is not sure how much money
he still wants to put into the car.

Any suggestions? We are hoping the lucas is going to be able to
stop the leakage. I suggested that he goes to Costco and buy a 50 gal
drum of power steering for a low price and just keep refilling. :-)
Just a thought that i had.

any input would be appreciated.
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Old 26 Feb 2004, 03:18 pm
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Default Re: 91 legend with 315k miles leaking Power Steering fluid

That's quite a lot of miles. Check exactly where it's leaking. Sometimes
it's as simple as a hose connection that needs a new clamp. If it's the rack
& pinion, you are looking at 400-500$ for a rebuilt one installed.

"LovingPerson" <saylo1234@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Dear all:
>
> My buddy's 91 LS legend with 315k miles has recently been leaking
> power steering fluid. A year and half ago, the car was diagnosed with
> a bad steering joint (I forget the name of the joint--I think it is
> something like a wiggle joint). The steering sometimes makes a
> clicking sound.
>
> He's put Lucas thick power st. fluid in there, but the level is
> still going down. Short of having the joint fix, what else could be
> done?
>
> One thought he has is just keep on refilling the power steering.
> It may be more economical than paying a whole bunch of money to fix
> the thing. The car does have 315k miles on it, so even though the
> engine is still running like a champion, he is not sure how much money
> he still wants to put into the car.
>
> Any suggestions? We are hoping the lucas is going to be able to
> stop the leakage. I suggested that he goes to Costco and buy a 50 gal
> drum of power steering for a low price and just keep refilling. :-)
> Just a thought that i had.
>
> any input would be appreciated.



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Old 26 Feb 2004, 07:47 pm
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"Rex" <Rex@Bob.com> wrote in news:Qws%b.65999$4o.87010@attbi_s52:

> That's quite a lot of miles. Check exactly where it's leaking.
> Sometimes it's as simple as a hose connection that needs a new clamp.
> If it's the rack & pinion, you are looking at 400-500$ for a rebuilt
> one installed.




And unless the car is a complete piece of crap(ready to be retired to the
junkyard),it's probably well worth it to have it fixed properly.

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jyanik-at-kua.net
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Old 27 Feb 2004, 07:48 am
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"Jim Yanik" <jyanik@abuse.gov> wrote in message
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> "Rex" <Rex@Bob.com> wrote in news:Qws%b.65999$4o.87010@attbi_s52:
>
> > That's quite a lot of miles. Check exactly where it's leaking.
> > Sometimes it's as simple as a hose connection that needs a new clamp.
> > If it's the rack & pinion, you are looking at 400-500$ for a rebuilt
> > one installed.

>
>
>
> And unless the car is a complete piece of crap(ready to be retired to the
> junkyard),it's probably well worth it to have it fixed properly.
>
> --
> Jim Yanik
> jyanik-at-kua.net


"Properly" might include a whole rack with new seals. Acura only wants
Honda Brand power steering fluid in there - I think for the seals (which are
probably all shot). My 89 Legend leaks fluid too, but not enough to replace
the assembly. Only 257000 on it.

Doug


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