Q: Power steering fluid leaking

asked by on

Car is howling, squealing. I put power steering fluid in it and ran out about 15 miles and looked and saw about a quarter of the power steering fluid on the ground . Added 6 oz. Fluid and it is leaking on the drivers side. Since I let it sit for 6 hours it doesn't seem like it has leaked as much.Does that sound like a Power steering pump or a hose?

My car has 136000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The leak is most likely a pressure hose from the pump to the rack and pinion. Since it only seems to leak when it is running it is most likely the pressure hose. Have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come and check the hose and replace it if it is leaking. The low fluid levels may have caused damage to the power steering pump and only after the new hose is installed and pump filled will the mechanic know if pump was damaged and needs replaced.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Power steering fluid leaking

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car loses power when coming to a stop. Radio resets then loses power. Replaced battery and alternator. No code given when this occurs.

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check for any loose ground wires under the dash. There also could be a loose ground wire to the computer causing it to temporary shut down and make everything flicker. Check the ground...

Q: P0420 code

Honda has a technical service bulletin (TSB) out for this condition. There are 2 possibilities to correct this fault, according to the bulletin: Replace the catalytic converter Software update of the engine computer One last thing...

Q: Throttle Position Sensor

Hi There, It sounds like what you are describing is an intermittent throttle response when pressing the gas pedal. If this is correct, this may be related to the throttle position sensor. The throttle position sensor monitors the throttle position...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.