My car has had a few minor mechanical problems lately, and now the car seems to be "burning up" power steering. I know this is highly unlikely, given there is no real heat source to power steering. I was told, that it is most likely a leak in a hose that is spraying on my car's manifold. Could it also be the power steering pump? The pulley is turning. Is this something I could fix myself? What are the steps for changing the hose?
Power Steering on 2001 Buick Century
by lyss in Midland, TX on May 21, 2010
ANSWER by patrick mannion , May 21, 2010
An engine can "burn" oil as part of the combustion process but there is no similar dynamics involved in the steering system. It is a closed system, it generates heat but should not loose oil. The system operates under high pressure, the steering pump itself may leak, the steering rack may leak at either side (steering rack boots keep dirt away from the seals at either end of the rack), or the pressure hoses may leak. The source of the leak must be identified before replacing parts. There is a company that independent auto repair shops "buy" their information from that offer a very reasonable service to do it yourselvers. You can get a one week subscription or year subscription very cheap. The information is year make and model specific repair procedures, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... great quality information same as the professionals have ,much better than generic workshop manuals from parts stores, much cheaper than the factory manual try http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online and get an online repair manual subscription.