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2004 power steering leak

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by RLM, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Truck is a 2004 2500hd with 6.0. Last year I replaced the power steering cooler, now it's leaking power steering fluid somewhere else. Even when sitting running in the driveway with out moving the steering it leaks. Ideas ?
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Here's an idea, look for the leak.
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Thanks, it's under (or above) the skid plates, can't see where it is. I didn't know if there are any "typical" areas for failure. Like I know many coolers on (not just 2500's) of this vintage tend to rot out.
  4. buddymanzpop

    buddymanzpop Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    Look at the top and bottom of the steering gear box.
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    sure it's PS fluid and not transmission fluid.:confused:
  6. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Clear not red. I'm guessing it's a high presure line with a small leak spraying out slowly. There are two; one to the hydro boost from pump, one from boost to steer "box", at least that is my understanding, probably just going to change both. If I do one the other is bound to fail this winter at 30-40 ea it's not worth taking it apart twice.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012
  7. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Last time i replaced lines on a hydroboost i did all 3 and it was only around 75 bucks for all of them. If you got the system open its not much work to just replace them all..
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,739

    Replace all three at the same time. You'll kick yourself in the fatookus later if you don't. But more than likely its the lines. Is it more drivers side or pass side that shows the leak?
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    It takes 2 mins to get those skid plates off....15mm