92 Camry leaky power steering

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Old 30 Nov 2006, 12:02 pm   #1 (permalink)
Walter Jowers
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Default 92 Camry leaky power steering

I've got a 92 Camry wagon, about 130,000 miles, with no real mechanical
problem other than this: The power steering leaks, in the general area near
the power-steering-fluid reservoir.

I've taken the car to my mechanic, and he's been able to slow -- but not
stop -- the leak. I can keep topping off the fluid, but I'm tired of the
mess, and the smell of the burning fluid when it drips on the hot parts
nearby.

My question: Assuming the worst-case scenario, how much would it cost me to
get the leak fixed once and for all?

Assume I take it to the dealership.

Thanks much,
WJ


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Old 30 Nov 2006, 01:13 pm   #2 (permalink)
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The power steering system is presurized. How did the mechanic slow down
the leak? is it a hole in the reservoir? or damaged hose? It is
recommended that you flush the system and replace with new fluid. This
will include a new filter too. I'm guessing $500 minimum.

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Old 30 Nov 2006, 01:39 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"EdV" <edramirventura@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> The power steering system is presurized. How did the mechanic slow down
> the leak? is it a hole in the reservoir? or damaged hose? It is
> recommended that you flush the system and replace with new fluid. This
> will include a new filter too. I'm guessing $500 minimum.


I didn't get up under the car and look. I don't think there's a hole in the
reservoir, because I can see the reservoir. From the mechanic's description,
I think there's a leak in a hose, or at a junction where a hose meets metal
tubing. Apparently, access to this area is difficult. Mechanic tells me if
I'm still bothered by the leak, I might need to replace the rack.

If I could clean up the mess for $500, I'd do it tomorrow. But I'd be
hesitant to put $1K or more into a 15-year-old car with 130K miles on it.
(Still runs fine, though.)

All suggestions/guidance welcome.

Thanks,
WJ


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Old 30 Nov 2006, 03:39 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Walter Jowers" <jowersw@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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>
> "EdV" <edramirventura@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1164913984.975809.284610@80g2000cwy.googlegro ups.com...
>> The power steering system is presurized. How did the mechanic slow down
>> the leak? is it a hole in the reservoir? or damaged hose? It is
>> recommended that you flush the system and replace with new fluid. This
>> will include a new filter too. I'm guessing $500 minimum.

>
> I didn't get up under the car and look. I don't think there's a hole in
> the reservoir, because I can see the reservoir. From the mechanic's
> description, I think there's a leak in a hose, or at a junction where a
> hose meets metal tubing. Apparently, access to this area is difficult.
> Mechanic tells me if I'm still bothered by the leak, I might need to
> replace the rack.
>
> If I could clean up the mess for $500, I'd do it tomorrow. But I'd be
> hesitant to put $1K or more into a 15-year-old car with 130K miles on it.
> (Still runs fine, though.)
>
> All suggestions/guidance welcome.
>
> Thanks,
> WJ
>I recently had a similar problem on a 97 Camry, turned out it WAS the rack
>that was leaking. Cost about $700 at Toyota for a remanufactured rack and
>pinion unit.


John


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Old 30 Nov 2006, 05:29 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 14:39:28 -0700, "John M. Darnielle"
<jmd@Ihatespampcisys.net> wrote:

>
>"Walter Jowers" <jowersw@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
>news:arGbh.21027$Q7.9911@bignews6.bellsouth.net.. .
>>
>> "EdV" <edramirventura@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1164913984.975809.284610@80g2000cwy.googlegro ups.com...
>>> The power steering system is presurized. How did the mechanic slow down
>>> the leak? is it a hole in the reservoir? or damaged hose? It is
>>> recommended that you flush the system and replace with new fluid. This
>>> will include a new filter too. I'm guessing $500 minimum.

>>
>> I didn't get up under the car and look. I don't think there's a hole in
>> the reservoir, because I can see the reservoir. From the mechanic's
>> description, I think there's a leak in a hose, or at a junction where a
>> hose meets metal tubing. Apparently, access to this area is difficult.
>> Mechanic tells me if I'm still bothered by the leak, I might need to
>> replace the rack.
>>
>> If I could clean up the mess for $500, I'd do it tomorrow. But I'd be
>> hesitant to put $1K or more into a 15-year-old car with 130K miles on it.
>> (Still runs fine, though.)
>>
>> All suggestions/guidance welcome.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> WJ
>>I recently had a similar problem on a 97 Camry, turned out it WAS the rack
>>that was leaking. Cost about $700 at Toyota for a remanufactured rack and
>>pinion unit.

>
>John
>


The leak in my '92 was fixed with some leak-sealer type power steering
fluid. The car had not been driven much for a couple of years
beforehand so the seals had dried. It's worth a try.

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