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Power steering leak

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by BPK63, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. BPK63

    BPK63 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 244

    I know it's impossible to know anything without climbing under there but I'm having a tough year with this truck. I go home at lunch time and start it to take back to work as snow is coming, and let it warm up. I go back out to get in and power steering fluid is oozing all over the ground way up in the front drivers side almost beneath the bumper. I can't see anything from under the hood so I'll have to let it sit till the weekend. Just wondering if anybody can give me any ideas? Is there a hose that runs that far up towards the front of the truck? I'm about ready to drive this thing off a cliff this year. One thing after another.
    92 K1500 4.3
  2. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    Not sure if your truck has it, but could be a power steering cooler. If I remember correctly, its just a pipe that is run in front of your radiator and that would explain the leak up front. I think it is just the return hose so it shouldn't be under much pressure. You could bypass it in a pinch, but it would be correct to fix/replace it if that is what it is. Good luck
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012
  3. BPK63

    BPK63 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 244

    A million thanks for your idea!!! I got home and shined a light into the grill and there was a rusty old cooler with fluid all over it. That's why it was dripping under the bumper. I took the grill off and started the truck and the thing was all rusty and had a pinhole in it. I disconnected it and tied the hoses together with a clamp and all is good and I'm back in business just in time. Thanks a million for that idea. Just what I was looking for! I would of never thought of a power steering cooler.
  4. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Dig up the part number then check discountpartshub.com for it. I got an OEM GM power steering cooler 26081363 for my 2002 that way for $35 shipped and it was great, it came complete with hoses that had clamps already installed, the clamps were even clipped open so they slid right on, I popped off the clips, and they clamped down...the whole job only took a few minutes.