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Old 10-18-2018, 12:57 PM
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PS Leak? Rack & Pinion?

I noticed a couple small drops of this fluid under the car last week.. Looks like power steering but I haven't seen a drop in the reservoir yet.


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Old 10-18-2018, 02:00 PM
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I replaced my power steering pump on the kid's 06 TSX about 18 months ago. It was leaking; but, not enough to drip on the ground. He didn't even notice until I asked him when was the last time he checked under the hood. Purchased an used pump from an 07 TSX with 70K on eBay for $100 and local shop to replace. About 2 months ago, the steering rack was pouring fluid out of both boots. Since it was the kid's college car, I don't know if it started out with drips like yours or straight to failure. Purchased a new rack on Amazon for $240 and local shop to replace for another $250 (install/alignment).

I would check around the pump and rack for oily residue. Might even power wash the area to see how bad it leaks over time. My 08 RDX with +155K power steering pump had a lot of oily dirty build-up around it. Power washed area to check it out over time and it hasn't accumulated any dirt/oil after +8 months after washing.
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I think it's coming from one of those metal line fittings.. no leaking near pump or axle boots. can just the line be replaced rather than the whole rack assembly?
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:59 PM
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It is just so difficult to tell from these pictures. Maybe the lines are just a little loose and need to be re-torqued? Don't have a lot of experience with Honda/Acura power steering. The TSX pump/rack failures with the first I've had since owning nothing but Honda/Acura since 1990 all driven +150K. Might need a shop to raise the car an check out. Might only cost you 1 hour of labor for piece of mind.

The power steering fluid can get thinner if it gets too old, dark, and dirty with contaminants. Fresh PS fluid might also fix the minor leak issue.

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Old 10-21-2018, 02:48 PM
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I had to replace my PS rack last month. It leaked from passenger side.
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