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Old 03-12-2010, 03:30 AM   #1
RetiredGuy
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2004 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Default L300 power steering leak

My '04 Saturn L300 began leaking ps fluid about three months ago, and I put off doing a repair because it was winter where I live. When it finally got warm enough to work on the car, I tried to find the leak. I am reasonably sure it was coming from the rubber hose connection where it meets the pump inlet, in front of the engine. The line from the ps fluid tank is a rubber hose from the tank, then a metal line to near the pump inlet, then it's a rubber hose where it connects there. After pulling away the foil insulation that covered that area, I found a small hose clamp on the rubber line, where it meets the pump inlet, and it was loose. The gear was stripped, and I couldn't tighten it, or remove it without using a cordless Dremel type tool. Replacing it with a standard width heater hose clamp made for a stronger connection.

After two days of driving, I have not found any more fluid under the car, and I have read other posts here about what a b---- it is to remove the ps pump. Hopefully, if you have a leak in your ps somewhere, this tip might save you some work and money. I had priced a rebuilt pump, and they run about $160 with a $30 core charge locally.

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