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Old 04-07-2019, 01:52 PM
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Oil leak driver side

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Maybe be you can help me pinpoint this issue i have , my car has developed a oil leak at 285000 km, the oil drips on the ground appear right under the battery and air filter area , can someone tell me what I can look at to try find what this issue can be ?
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:14 PM
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Sounds like rear main seal leak.. try changing your pcv valve. Might be causing blowback pressuring fluid through the seal.
If that doesn't fix it and it is the seal, you need to drop the trans to replace the ~$10 seal.. IOW, several hundred in labor for a ten dollar part.
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:15 PM
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It also could be from the transmission cooler or power steering fluid cooler, need to get under car to check the source of the leak. It may not be obvious, always follow the leak up. Check hose connections to the coolers too. Oil soaked hoses should be obvious.
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:06 AM
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Sounds like rear main seal leak.. try changing your pcv valve. Might be causing blowback pressuring fluid through the seal.
If that doesn't fix it and it is the seal, you need to drop the trans to replace the ~$10 seal.. IOW, several hundred in labor for a ten dollar part.
thanks for the reply , Iím picking up the pcv valve today and will replace the old one and see whatís gonna happen, for the price itís worth a try
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There are basically 4 places where the engine can leak oil:
  • Front: The oil pump and seal (this includes the vtec oil pressure sensor) less commonly camshaft front seals
  • Back: The rear main seal
  • Top: the valve cover or camshaft thrust seals
  • Bottom: the oil pan gasket

You mentioned that the oil was on the bottom of the transmission beneath the battery tray: I'd probably clean the bottom of the engine with some superclean and a scrub bush and then wait for more oil to show up.
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Originally Posted by whitetiger5 View Post
There are basically 4 places where the engine can leak oil:
  • Front: The oil pump and seal (this includes the vtec oil pressure sensor) less commonly camshaft front seals
  • Back: The rear main seal
  • Top: the valve cover or camshaft thrust seals
  • Bottom: the oil pan gasket

You mentioned that the oil was on the bottom of the transmission beneath the battery tray: I'd probably clean the bottom of the engine with some superclean and a scrub bush and then wait for more oil to show up.
i decided to go under the car and found out that this was not engine oil but it was transmission oil not too sure about the part that needs to be replaced hereís a pic looks kinda like itís leaking around what looks like a bolt of some sort .... what do I need to replace ?

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Looks like it's part of the rack and pinion of i'm not mistaken

you haven't told us what year/make/model of the car though.

here perhaps?
https://www.oemacuraparts.com/v-2002...ear-box-type-s
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Thatís your power steering rack.

If its leaking because youíve been turning the steering wheel all the way to the end lately then I would leave it. But: if itís leaking all the time, youíll have to consider repairing/replacing it.
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That's the pinion housing of the power steering rack.. check the fittings and high pressure hose.
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Power steering fluid often burns on the 3rd cat and can start a fire..
I'm not saying it's urgent, but for the sake of your driveway and your vehicle, I'd get it fixed asap.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:03 PM
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btw.. usually there's a bolt or cap at the end of the housing. Looks like it's eaten away or gone there.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by thoiboi View Post
looks like it's part of the rack and pinion of i'm not mistaken

you haven't told us what year/make/model of the car though.

Here perhaps?
https://www.oemacuraparts.com/v-2002...ear-box-type-s
2000 3.2 tl
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Originally Posted by whitetiger5 View Post
Thatís your power steering rack.

If its leaking because youíve been turning the steering wheel all the way to the end lately then I would leave it. But: if itís leaking all the time, youíll have to consider repairing/replacing it.
what would be the repairing option ?
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Majofo View Post
That's the pinion housing of the power steering rack.. check the fittings and high pressure hose.
high pressure hose has been replaced about 2 years ago and the low pressure hose also
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If it can't be resealed, it'll need to be replaced
Other than a fire hazard and risk to staining your garage floor / driveway
You can monitor how much is leaking from the res and just top off every month or so..
If it's leaking significantly.. I'd make a plan sooner than later.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Majofo View Post
If it can't be resealed, it'll need to be replaced
Other than a fire hazard and risk to staining your garage floor / driveway
You can monitor how much is leaking from the res and just top off every month or so..
If it's leaking significantly.. I'd make a plan sooner than later.
i would like to take care of this issue asap, what do you mean by resealing it ?
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That cap looks like a mess, but see if you can fit a 3/8" extension in there.. wondering if it can be tightened..
Might not even be the leak, just the lowest point of the leak.. definitely check all the fittings from the rack.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:22 PM
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i would like to take care of this issue asap, what do you mean by resealing it ?
Retightening the fittings or if coming from high pressure hose, replacing o-ring at pump.. sounds like that's not an issue though.
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You'll need a flare nut wrench on most of those fitting.. they're a PITA to get to especially if they're on the inside.
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That cap looks like a mess, but see if you can fit a 3/8" extension in there.. wondering if it can be tightened..
Might not even be the leak, just the lowest point of the leak.. definitely check all the fittings from the rack.
looked everywhere and the leak is really coming from around that fitting all the rest looked fine , so it is possible to tighten it ?
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That cap looks like a mess, but see if you can fit a 3/8" extension in there.. wondering if it can be tightened..
Might not even be the leak, just the lowest point of the leak.. definitely check all the fittings from the rack.
I went under the car again and realized that I missed something , like you mentioned earlier it might be the low point of the leak here is another pic , you can see that A little higher over the fitting where a hose is entering itís all wet thatís where I think the leak is coming from and that might be the reason itís dripping off the fitting ?



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By the looks of the photos you've sent (they are a big help) the highest point I see here does appear higher up near the high pressure hose fitting (as you have pointed out). what I am not sure of: is there another seal where the steering shaft inserts into the top of the rack (behind that rubber grommet)?

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Originally Posted by whitetiger5 View Post
By the looks of the photos you've sent (they are a big help) the highest point I see here does appear higher up near the high pressure hose fitting (as you have pointed out). what I am not sure of: is there another seal where the steering shaft inserts into the top of the rack (behind that rubber grommet)?

Not sure , could it be possible that the leak is comming from the hose that could be eaten by rust and leaking on the rubber grommet and dripping on the fitting on the bottom ?
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Yeah that picture is much more telling.. might need a new rack.
If that fitting is the high pressure hose, I'd get a flange nut wrench on it and see if you can tighten it.

You said the high pressure hose was replaced two years. It doesn't look like it from that pic.
I'd be willing to bet they only replaced the o-ring on the pump.
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See if you can spray some superclean or similar in there and scrub it clean with a toothbrush...let dry and turn the car on again to see if you can find the leak. That's what others have done to try an pinpoint where the leak originates.
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Originally Posted by Majofo View Post
Yeah that picture is much more telling.. might need a new rack.
If that fitting is the high pressure hose, I'd get a flange nut wrench on it and see if you can tighten it.

You said the high pressure hose was replaced two years. It doesn't look like it from that pic.
I'd be willing to bet they only replaced the o-ring on the pump.
yes it was replaced I help out my mecanic friend install it hereís a pic of the part

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Kudos for getting that done, I heard it's really difficult to snake that hose in there.

Perhaps that hose fitting is breaking down already...or perhaps wasn't properly tightened
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I remember that during the install of my high pressure line, that lower area of that connects to the steering rack was a total PITA to tighten down - maybe ya'll missed a bolt or something there? Or possibly just misaligned it?
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I remember that during the install of my high pressure line, that lower area of that connects to the steering rack was a total PITA to tighten down - maybe ya'll missed a bolt or something there? Or possibly just misaligned it?
its kinda weird that after almost 2 years it would start to leak ,I should see a leak where it connects to the steering rack when I open the hood ? I will take a look and let you know !!
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I remember that during the install of my high pressure line, that lower area of that connects to the steering rack was a total PITA to tighten down - maybe ya'll missed a bolt or something there? Or possibly just misaligned it?
the part that I changed was the hi pressure hose that connects to the steering rack on the top part at the bottom back of the engine bay on the right side when you fave the front of the car , but the leak is comming from the bottom under side of the car , I donít think itís the same Hose ? Sorry is this reply is complicated lol

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The hose you sent a picture of - one part connects to the power steering pump, and the other somewhere below the engine near the rack, right? I'm saying maybe an imperfect fit of the part where it connects to below the engine may be partially at fault.
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Everyone !!!! I appreciate all the help and advice you are giving me itís really helpful 👍😁 I have a oil change appointment on Saturday i will ask them to take a look I just hope that this is not a major issue

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The hose you sent a picture of - one part connects to the power steering pump, and the other somewhere below the engine near the rack, right? I'm saying maybe an imperfect fit of the part where it connects to below the engine may be partially at fault.
just checked under the hood where the high pressure hose connects from one end to the other no leaks whatsoever in the lower engine area close to the firewall nothing , only when you look under the car as shown on the pic
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Thatís your power steering rack.

If its leaking because youíve been turning the steering wheel all the way to the end lately then I would leave it. But: if itís leaking all the time, youíll have to consider repairing/replacing it.
i just when to the garage and the hole rack and pinion needs to be replaced , they will replace it with a rebuilt rack and pinion with a 3 year warranty ,the garage quoted me 950$ cad for the whole job , does this sound correct ?
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Parts can be really expensive in Canada from what I hear
That would be a reasonable price here.

I would go with a new rack, but that might be very expensive for you.
I would always check around. You can get quotes over the phone.
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