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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 02, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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I think that I have a power steering leak somewhere. I am not a mechanic, but want to start to tackle these items on my own. I've put the car up on stands and can see on the bottom of the ps box (i tink thats what it is) there is fluid. It looks to me like tranny fluid, cant you use tranny fluid for ps fluid?

anywho, how difficult of a job would this be, or should i leave it for a pro.

are there many seals in the ps box to change, and do you have to take alot of stuff out to get to it?

any info is greatly appriciated.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 02, 04:18 PM
 
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Hi Pony.
My '69 had a power steering leak when I got it. It turned out to be the high pressure line from the box to the pump. Ckeck that first. I wiped everything clean, started it up, and watched to see where it was leaking.
If it's one of the hoses, they are easy to change. Just make sure you use a line wrench on it so you don't strip it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 02, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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thanks, again not a mechanic. Whats a line wrench?

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 02, 07:12 AM
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I agree with what Pony has said, clean up the area around the pump and steering box first and recheck for the leak. It may very well be a hose or fitting and they are MUCH easier for the home mechanic to fix.
A "line" or Flair Nut wrench, is a wrench that contacts all the sides (instead of just two) of the nut to prevent rounding off the edges on tight fittings, think of it as a box wrench with a slot cut in one side to go past the tubing. Any good parts store will have them in sets or individual.
Yes, you can use Automatic Trans Fluid in power steering boxes on most cars - But, I would recommend that you use dedicated a Power Steering Fluid - such as Valvoline's. These fluids have special friction modifiers and are formulated just for power steering use. GM also makes (and used in your car when new) a special Power Steering Fluid that is sold at any GM dealership.
Now can you fix the unit yourself? Well maybe, you would need to purchase some special tools - Torque wrench, Spanner wrench, O-ring tool and maybe a set of seal and bearing drivers, depending on how far into the box you intend to go.
The repair of the box itself is not rocket science, but it does require a good level of mechanical knowlege and the ability to follow the instructions in a good technical reference like the factory Chassis Overhaul Manual for your model. There are a couple of tricky adjustments for a 'newcomer' such as the 'Adjuster Plug Preload' that can really effect the operation and life of the box.
I other works - I would recommend you think
twice about this one, as the cost of the tools and parts are near what a good shop could rebuild your unit for and there is a good potential that without a good mechanical background you could run into trouble with this repair.
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Sorry - that was supposed ot be "with what Orange and Black said".
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 02, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. as much as I love buying tools (till this point I've mainly done all woodworking stuff) I think that if its not a hose i will take it to someone.

Whats the opinion of taking it to my local chevy dealer. I know the parts guy there and he "says" that he uses them for his 69Z.

Any thoughts?
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