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Old 07-21-2012, 05:58 AM   #1
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Problem is im leaking power steering fluid horribly. I have looked and looked and looked to figure out where it might be coming from but I keep coming back to the same location \/ What i dont understand is why it would be leaking power steering fluid from the transmission. Am i missing something?

I am about to just say screw it and yank it all out and say forget power steering but i figured id see what you guys had to say first.

Sorry for the bad pic, very difficult to get under neath the prelude.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:40 AM   #2
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Best way to find the leak IMO, is buy some degreaser Spray your bay, pressure wash it. Then you'll be able to track it much easier.
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West way to look at leaks, from the bottom, do like said, clean the bay and look from the top before looking underneath.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:48 PM   #4
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alright so cleaned the engine with degreaser and pressure wash both top and bottom. Waited until it was mostly dry and took a look. top side everything was dry not even left over water, no leak. bottoms side, jacked the car up and took a better picture of what im looking at and can cofirm this is indeed where the leak is coming from.

How is this happening!!!? I do not understand, powersteering is the only fluid that is disappearing, all other fluids stay the same.
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Does your VSS have the two hoses going into it? This would be a 4th gen VSS. If so, that is where you powersteering fluid comes from.

The VSS uses the powersteering fluid. I have it on my H23 swapped 3rd gen Prelude.

One or both of those small powersteering hoses are leaking due to age and or a crack somewhere on them. Just replace them and you are good.

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X2, likely leaking from lines going to/from VSS.
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Well you do seem to have a diff seal leak, pretty easy fix, might wanna do something about it before you destroy fifth gear in your car from low fluid.

Make a pin ***** in the inner tie rod boots, if the seals at the rack ends are leaking it'll fill those boots and you may not see it right away.
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Well you do seem to have a diff seal leak, pretty easy fix, might wanna do something about it before you destroy fifth gear in your car from low fluid.

Make a pin ***** in the inner tie rod boots, if the seals at the rack ends are leaking it'll fill those boots and you may not see it right away.
How do I fix the seal leak? I have a Chiltons manual but the driveshaft removal seems to be a pain in the ***. Is there a "easy" way?

Also can you elaborate a little more on the second part of your post? The seals on rack show no sign of leaking and dont look to be in bad condition either.
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Both hoses good condition no leaking/cracking whatsoever.
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Chilton manuals suck, get the one published by Honda, the Helms.

I meant the rubber boots on the power steering rack ends, poke a tiny hole in each one, when the rack end seals leak you wont see any fluid right away because it'll fill those up like water balloons.
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get a flywheel cover too
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Alright besides my missing misc. items. What am I needing to replace to stop the leaking, that is my primary concern right now.

Also to minilogoguy18 I will ***** the boots this weekend, what will this tell me pertaining to the leak? Say they are filled with liquid, or not.
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If you ***** the boots covering the rack ends and fluid leaks out this means that the actual rack itself is leaking and you will likely need to get a remand rack.

The fluid leak at the transmission where the intermediate shaft enters is independent of your power steering fluid leak. You need to address both fluid leaks. I would trace the power steering lines going to/from the VSS to see if there is a leak somewhere else that is causing power steering fluid to leak down and drip from the transmission housing.
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