Possible Power Steering Fluid Leak
Suspension & Steering, March 14, 2011
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
A power steering fluid leak may develop. Fluid loss can result in a loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Leaking fluid also increases the risk of a fire.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall. The power steering may fail without warning. Please contact your Jaguar dealer; they will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
Leaks may develop from the metal power steering lines due to improper corrosion protection. Loss of power steering fluid can result in a loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Leaking power steering fluid also increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the suspect or leaking power steering lines. This recall is expected to begin by April 11, 2011. The Jaguar recall number is J018.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
March 14, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
JAGUAR IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 XK AND XF VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 27, 2009, THROUGH MARCH 10, 2010. THE POWER ASSIST STEERING (PAS) PIPES HAVE BEEN SUPPLIED WITH ZINC-NICKEL PLATING THAT DOES NOT MEET FULLY THE CORROSION PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS OF JAGUAR'S ENGINEERING SPECIFICATION. AFTER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME IN SERVICE, CORROSION OF THE PAS PIPES WILL OCCUR THAT MAY LEAD TO PIN-HOLING OF THE PIPE.
PIN-HOLING OF THE PAS PIPES COULD ALLOW PRESSURIZED POWER STEERING FLUID TO LEAK INTO THE UNDER-HOOD AND ENGINE BAY AREA. A LOSS OF POWER STEERING FLUID WILL RESULT IN A LOSS OF POWER ASSIST STEERING. ALSO, THAT FLUID MAY IGNITE IF IT COMES INTO CONTACT WITH AN IGNITION SOURCE OR A SURFACE AT SUFFICIENTLY HIGH ENOUGH TEMPERATURE, CAUSING A VEHICLE FIRE.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING FLUID PIPES WITH PARTS MANUFACTURED TO THE REQUIRED CORROSION PROTECTION SPECIFICATION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGED. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT JAGUAR AT 1-800-452-4827.
JAGUAR SAFETY RECALL NO. J018. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration