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I've got purple fluid on the ground

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by LoneCowboy, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    from the front of the truck. Coming from above the plow mounts (and the plow fluid is all contained on the plow).
    What fluid is purple?

  2. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239


    power steering or transmission !
  3. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Power steering or Plow Hydraulics.

    If it's power steering you may have blown a seal.

    If you've got an auto transmission and the tranny cooler is up front or part of the radiator. Check the fittings for the cooler lines at the cooler or on the radiator. They could be leaking or the lines could be corroded. That's about the only reason you could have tranny fluid at the front of the truck.
  4. Jgrub75

    Jgrub75 Member
    Messages: 30

    Check the steering box that is where my 05 leaked at.
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    well, it's going in tomorrow for some other warranty work (little) and an oil change
    so, good timing on that.
    it's actually supposed to be nice for the next couple days (although no money. :cry: ) so that's good timing.
    I'll let ya know what it was.
  6. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    purple fluid is not trans. Last I checked trans is red, power steering is a clearish color, similar to brake fluid. Im not sure on the color of the coolant in the diesels, but I know GM uses that red crap in the gas engines. You think maybe somehow the washer fluid bottle cracked and is leaking??
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Some of the newer GM PS fluid is purple (semi synthetic).
  8. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    The purple fluid is your front dif fluid. It's the synthetic that GM uses.
  9. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    turns out it's not really purple, it's red. (it looked purple yesterday)
    and it's both transmission cooler lines being replaced under warranty.

    So, using the other 2006 Chevy Duramax Diesel today and notice red droppings all over the snow where I was getting a trailer out and look down there and sure enough, crap all over those lines too.
    Called the dealer and said "when i pick that one up, I'm bringing the next one in"

    So, all you 2006 LBZ duramax guys, check your transmission cooler lines. (the 2nd one doesn't even have a plow on it)
  10. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    Mines at the dealer as we speak. It took them 2 weeks to get the lines in. They want to replace all of them, as they have "never" seen a leak before. It's ok the rental car they gave me is a 08' 1/2ton crew cab 4x4.
  11. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    hmmm, definately an issue
    right where the metal meets the rubber on the line????????

    A rental would be fine
    but the one that's in the shop right now is my plow truck.
    They said done by tomorrow, which is fine.
    I bet it's a bear of a job, there's a lot of stuff in the way and the plow mounting point is all down there. I'm sure the mechanic is going to be thrilled when I bring in the other one tomorrow.

    so, how does the 08 compare to the 06?
  12. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    Mine is "my" plow truck too, They never called, so I guess i'll be getting it tomorrow. No big deal no snow in the forecast anyway and if i need to borrow a truck I can.

    Yep right where the rubber meets the metal. The service manager said it was a 7 hr job for all 3 lines. I dropped it off @ 8am and drove by @ noon, it was still in the same spot.