89 Camry Power Steering Leak

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Old 10 Feb 2005, 03:01 pm   #1 (permalink)
Norm Chafetz
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Default 89 Camry Power Steering Leak

My 89 Camry V6 LE has a serious PS fluid leak. I had it checked out at the
local Firestone shop and was told I need a new PS pump, hoses and rack &
pinion, about a $1300 job. A neighborhood shade tree mechanic (who has a
pretty good rep) also looked at it and confirmed that the rack and hoses
need replacing but I could probably hold off on the pump.

I'm thinking about doing the work myself. I have a Chilton Manual but I
would like to know if anyone else has experience with this job and could
offer me any advice.

I was also told by a guy at my local parts store that if you add Methyl
Ethyl Ketone (MEK) to the PS fluid that it may help stop, or at least slow
down, the PS fluid leak because the MEK will expand the seals. Does anyone
have any experience with this.

Thanks.



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Old 10 Feb 2005, 04:54 pm   #2 (permalink)
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It's a pretty simple removal and installation-type deal (i.e. no special
procedures or measurments, except an alignment after the new rack is in).
The chilton should to a good job of walking you through the repair. The
only concern you should have is the proper tools to replace that rack. If
it's the original, you can pretty much bet that the tie rods are frozen on
pretty well, both on the rack and in the steering knuckle. If you don't
have any impact air tools, you'll want an ass-long breaker bar (that is a
Toyota special service tool, by the way) to get some of that crap loose.
But, that's tough to do without a lift, cuase you can't get a lot of
leverage on your back with the car 2' in the air. But hell, give it a shot
if you think you can, and if you need help we'll do what we can to help.
Worst case, call a hitch and have a garage finish it up for you.

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Old 11 Feb 2005, 09:05 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 89 Camry Power Steering Leak

On Thu, 10 Feb 2005 17:54:07 -0500, qslim wrote:

> It's a pretty simple removal and installation-type deal (i.e. no special
> procedures or measurments, except an alignment after the new rack is in).
> The chilton should to a good job of walking you through the repair. The
> only concern you should have is the proper tools to replace that rack. If
> it's the original, you can pretty much bet that the tie rods are frozen on
> pretty well, both on the rack and in the steering knuckle. If you don't
> have any impact air tools, you'll want an ass-long breaker bar (that is a
> Toyota special service tool, by the way) to get some of that crap loose.
> But, that's tough to do without a lift, cuase you can't get a lot of
> leverage on your back with the car 2' in the air. But hell, give it a shot
> if you think you can, and if you need help we'll do what we can to help.
> Worst case, call a hitch and have a garage finish it up for you.


Should be able to get this done for, um...
$150 for rack
$50 for PS pump
$12 for belt
$50 for HP hose
And about $200 labor.

If you have a DECENT Midas or Meineke, or an indy garage with a good
mechanic, buy the parts at CarQuest (prices quoted were CarQuest) or
AutoZone and drop the mess off at the garage.

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Old 11 Feb 2005, 05:19 pm   #4 (permalink)
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hachiroku wrote:
> Should be able to get this done for, um...
> $150 for rack
> $50 for PS pump
> $12 for belt
> $50 for HP hose
> And about $200 labor.
>
> If you have a DECENT Midas or Meineke, or an indy garage with a good
> mechanic, buy the parts at CarQuest (prices quoted were CarQuest) or
> AutoZone and drop the mess off at the garage.


He might want to check with the garage first to see if they will do this.
Some shops won't install your parts, some will but you pay labor on any
warranties that come up and a lot of shops won't install anything from
Autozone.
davidj92


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Old 13 Feb 2005, 08:19 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 89 Camry Power Steering Leak

I was also told by a guy at my local parts store that if you add Methyl

Ethyl Ketone (MEK) to the PS fluid that it may help stop, or at least
slow
down, the PS fluid leak because the MEK will expand the seals.
------
Try changing the old fluid and adding Lucas power steering fix - does
not contain solvents and guaranteed to work.

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Old 14 Feb 2005, 05:16 pm   #6 (permalink)
Norm Chafetz
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I tried the Lucas product but it didn't help.

"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1108304388.730131.41510@l41g2000cwc.googlegro ups.com...
> I was also told by a guy at my local parts store that if you add Methyl
>
> Ethyl Ketone (MEK) to the PS fluid that it may help stop, or at least
> slow
> down, the PS fluid leak because the MEK will expand the seals.
> ------
> Try changing the old fluid and adding Lucas power steering fix - does
> not contain solvents and guaranteed to work.
>



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