losing hydraulic oil in 87 300TD

I just had the whole suspension replaced about 3 weeks ago in LA. I haven't been watching the fluid level so I don't know how long it has been leaking but the reservoir is completely empty and I am leaving
Seattle for home on Monday.
If it is a leak at the reservoir and the lines remain full am I ok to drive? I think I remember that if the system loses its oil all the parts are in danger right? I'm not really sure what to do right now.
thanks,
Mike
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Running the pump without fluid will damage it. The rear suspension will sag eventually. Can you get back to the shop that did the work?
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I ran the pump without fluid for 5k or more miles while I was deciding whether to invest in the repair or not. I plan to go back to that shop in 10 days or so but the shop is in Los Angeles and I am in Seattle. At the very least I either have to get the leak fixed or continue filling it with fluid till I get back to the shop. I first noticed the fluid yesterday. But to confuse matters I also hit the pan on a rock a couple weeks ago and it has been repaired 2x by different people. so the hydraulic fluid could have been leaking for quite a while and I didn't notice it. But I was checking after the last repair and didn't see anything till yesterday.
I guess I'll have to make sure it isn't leaking one way or the other before I leave.
thanks,
Mike
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If you see no leaks externally, then i would be checking your engine oil, since the pump can fail and leak internaly back into the engine.
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Not possible on an '87 300TD. The suspension pump and power steering are one belt driven unit.
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| | Not possible on an '87 300TD. The suspension pump and power steering are one | belt driven unit. |
ahh touch, I should of known.
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