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Old 10-04-2005, 04:10 PM   #1
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Just to add to the long list of problems with my car....

It'* a clear oily substance. No, not water, lol. I was possablee thinking Power steering fluid? I know it very full after accidentaly letting it get low. Is there some how it could be leaking somehow? Where should I check?
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Pull the cap and check the ps level. Also hop under and look for leaking ps lines.
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Also check closely at the rack. The rack was leaking on the 94 88 Royale I had.
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Also check closely at the rack. The rack was leaking on the 94 88 Royale I had.
the rack? Explain...
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Also check closely at the rack. The rack was leaking on the 94 88 Royale I had.
power steering rack...is directly behind the trans if looking from the front of the car
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Also check closely at the rack. The rack was leaking on the 94 88 Royale I had.
power steering rack...is directly behind the trans if looking from the front of the car
gotcha, i'll get back to you guys once I check it out...
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supercharger oil is clear too....
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I know my bonnieville had steering fulid leak down by the cooler area.
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brake fuid is clear also... the master cylinder could be leaking... it wouldnt be the first one.....
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Another clear oil...the oil from the A/C system. Here are some clues:

If it smells like mineral oil or has a sharp edged stink - supercharger oil - there is very little of this to leak though

If it smells like a hydraulic pump - power steering fluid - most likely candidate

If it smells kinda like alcohol - brake fluid - easy to check the reservoir

If it has no smell - a/c oil - not a whole lot of this either

Sometimes the condensate from the air conditioner can appear oily, although it is just water.

And finally, some of the newer antifreeze formulations have very little color in them, and have an oily consistency - but it still smells sweet like ethylene glycol
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