Ran car with no steering fluids now leaks. `89 lxi Accord Honda

Discussion in 'Accord' started by sbcglobal.net, May 19, 2005.

  1. A minor left front collision break opens the fluid reservoir, emptying
    the tank. Out of necessity, the car was driven for several days
    without steering fluids, unsure if this is a good idea. I went under
    the car and find a leak (1-drop/min) from the steering box boot
    (on the passenger side) near the tie rod. What are some solution?

    sbcglobal.net, May 19, 2005
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    Al Bundy Guest

    I just don't see any necessity to drive several days with no steering
    fluid, but that's was your decision. Where did that fluid go and did
    you fix that damage related drain on the fluid? That leak under the
    boot may have been starting before this accident or it may have been
    damaged in the accident. I think you will be needing a new steering
    Al Bundy, May 19, 2005
  3. "Al Bundy" wrote
    I'd replaced the reservoir tank, put in new Honda fluid. Initially, the reservoir
    tank emptied onto the pavement, driver side. For 15-years, it had never leaked
    sbcglobal.net : Sam Nickaby, May 19, 2005
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    John S. Guest

    I'm a bit confused. Did you replace the reservoir after the accident
    or before.

    If fluid is dripping from the steering rack as you describe then it is
    possible that a seal is leaking. It may also have just dripped down
    from the broken reservoir. It is also possible that the rack itself
    may have been damaged in the accident.

    At any rate the pump may also begin to make noises and eventually fail
    if it was run with no lubricant for several days.

    I would say you need to have a mechanic look the car over.
    John S., May 19, 2005
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    butch burton Guest

    Driving with the system dry can cause problems with the pump and in
    your case the seal(s) on the rack is probably blown. Replacing the
    rack with a rebuilt is expensive - DIY for about $400 and well over $1K
    or more.

    Another way to blow your seals is to use about any fluid other than the
    manufacturer's steering fluids. Using aftermarket steering fluids on a
    honda and toyota will probably cause a racks seals to be blown. A
    relative saved a few bucks by buying some aftermarket steering fluid
    for his Avalon - will cost him over $1K.

    Same applies to tranny fluids for a lot of vehicles.
    butch burton, May 19, 2005
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    John S. Guest

    Yup...those owners manuals are good for more than taking up space in
    the glove compartment.
    John S., May 19, 2005
  7. "John S." wrote
    The reservoir was replaced after the accident. The steering system had
    been reliable for all these years up until the accident. Upon closer
    observation, there are minor fluids seeping from the pump (but not
    dripping, escalating or showing signs of noise.) There are no seepage from
    the reservoir. The only seepage is from the passenger side (rack and
    pinion?) It's odd that the minor accident happened on the driver side which
    shattered the reservoir but the leakage is on the passenger side.

    One other thing I didn't mentioned: After the accident, the officer allowed
    me to drive home (2-miles.) Upon arriving home I disconnect the steering
    pump belt. For legal reasons I must report to the DMV the next day.
    sbcglobal.net : Sam Nickaby, May 20, 2005
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    John S. Guest

    OK, if fluid is dripping out of the pump, then either the seals are
    shot or the hose connections are leaking. If fluid is also leaking
    from the steering boot on the rack then an internal seal is leaking.
    The seal could be leaking from age or it could be leaking because the
    rack was damaged in the accident.

    I would recommend that you have the car inspected by a dealer or an
    independent mechanic.
    John S., May 20, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Generically, I worked on a similar failure a few years ago.
    The problem was harder to find than I expected, but turned out to be a leak
    the PS pump seal. It was hard to spot, trickled down the PS hoses, etc.

    Yours may be something entireley different.
    Guest, May 23, 2005
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