91 Camry Power Steering

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Old 10 Oct 2004, 10:17 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Power steering fluid is leaking. My guess is that the pump is going out. How
big of a job is this one?


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Old 10 Oct 2004, 11:12 pm   #2 (permalink)
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that may be coming from the lines to
the pump or more likely from the steering
rack itself. The steering racks on these
cars leak at high mileage..not a DIY
job for most folks.
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Old 10 Oct 2004, 11:19 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Your pump probably is not bad. The top hose connected to your pump has a
small copper washer under the fluid bold, these go bad and must be
replaced or they will leak. Instead of paying big bucks for one at Toyota,
you can buy the copper oil plug gaskets at Advance auto parts for a dollar
or two. Of course you could have a leaking o-ring on the lower hose to
pump connection point (this is much easier to get to than the top one)the
o-ring is about $6.00 from Toyota. You really need to use a flashlight and
watch the pump area while the car is running to determine where the leaking
is coming from. Removing the pump is a real bear in this car. Your Rack &
Pinion could be leaking also. I am in the process of changing the rack and
pinion in my 1990 Camry now. I hope this info helps.
Scott

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Old 11 Oct 2004, 07:49 am   #4 (permalink)
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I agree. The problem is more then likely the steering rack that is leaking.
My car has 230,000 miles. I too had oil leaking around the area under the
pump but it was hard to tell where it was coming from because there isn't
much room there to see. I jacked up the front end and with the motor running
I had someone turn the steering wheel back and forth a few times and then I
could see the problem was the rubber boots at the end of the rack that were
broken and leaking oil. I took out the rack and had it rebuilt for $250 and
I reinstalled it and now no more leaks. Taking the rack out was not that
bad. You just undue the two tie rod ends the two hydraulic hoses and the
steering wheel universal joint and two bolts that hold the rack in place and
then it comes out from under the wheel well on the right hand side of the
car.
Alex
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> that may be coming from the lines to
> the pump or more likely from the steering
> rack itself. The steering racks on these
> cars leak at high mileage..not a DIY
> job for most folks.



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