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got a problem with PS

long story short. lost the cap to my power steering reservoir awhile back. my dad put a wine cork in place. so today i tried taking it out because i needed to top off the fluid because i have a bad power steering leak and the cork fell inside the reservoir. what do i do? also, where could the leak be coming from? awhile back i checked the hoses and the reservoir and they seemed fine. i think it coming from the pump and dripping on the belt because i fluid on my hood in two parallel lines.
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long story short. lost the cap to my power steering reservoir awhile back. my dad put a wine cork in place. so today i tried taking it out because i needed to top off the fluid because i have a bad power steering leak and the cork fell inside the reservoir. what do i do? also, where could the leak be coming from? awhile back i checked the hoses and the reservoir and they seemed fine. i think it coming from the pump and dripping on the belt because i fluid on my hood in two parallel lines.
For the leak, feel under the pump itself. Is there fluid under it/on back of it? If so, your pump is on its way out.

As far as the resevoir, with the car off, pull the lines off the resevoir, (cap them so you don't lose all your fluid, a shop towel should do), pull the resevoir off and dump it out. You do not want cork sht getting caught up in your pump or rack and pinion. I would prolly even dump the lines out to make sure.

Then put the resevoir back, re attach the lines, and fill with honda power steering fluid and replace the cap with a real one. Then bleed the power steering and you should be good to go, as far as the cork goes.
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how do i bleed the power steering?
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Re: got a problem with PS

P/S hydraulic system bleeding:
fill resevoir to proper level, start engine and run at a fast idle. Turn wheels lock to lock (all the way one way til it stops then all the way the other, then repeat) several times to bleed trapped air. Recheck fluid level.


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has fluid capacity of .42 quarts and using anything but honda power steering fluid "V" or "S" will damage system.
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thanks bro. how hard would it be to delete it?

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i just found a write up. thanks for your help.
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Re: got a problem with PS

Normally I'd probably knock on someone who uses a wine cork to seal engine fluid, but to my own surprise, I'd really like to meet the classy fellow.
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well i got the cork out and put new fluid in and flushed it but now the steering wheel is real stiff. it feels like the car doesn't have power steering at all. help please.
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Re: got a problem with PS

not trying to jack yer thread h22a bb6 but i got to work this afternoon and noticed that there was smoke coming out of my hood. i checked it out and noticed it was coming from underneath the ps resevior. what would cause the ps fluid to burn like that?
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well i got the cork out and put new fluid in and flushed it but now the steering wheel is real stiff. it feels like the car doesn't have power steering at all. help please.
Did you make sure to get all of the air out of the system? Sounds like you missed an air bubble somewhere.
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i talked to my friends brother and he said i need a new pump. it's not circulating the fluid.
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Re: got a problem with PS

You can find out...

Start the car and let it idle. Pop the hood and look at your power steering fluid resevoir. It should be sloshing around in there. If it is not, then no, it is not circulating the fluid.


Check to make sure the belt is on, the fluid is at the proper level, and there is no power steering fluid leaking from the lines or the pump.

Many times when the pump is on its way out, it will leak out a small hole in the back of the pump (towards passenger side) and you'll notice it by seeing fluid leaking down the front of the block and feel fluid on the bottom of the pump.


It also may be that a piece of cork got stuck somewhere and is clogging up either the pump or a line...
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