There we were, waiting to go on an outing into the Domboshawa Hills
just North of Harare. I look at another vehicle (SWB Landcruiser) and
ask what the fluid under the car is. That was just aircon water. The
my wife says what's that coming out of our car (300Tdi Discovery).
First look under bonnet revealed a small split in the header tank seam,
but further investigation showed red fluid (ATF) coming from somewhere
near the power steering box (box not pump). We couldn't see where it
was coming from, but probably from the top. I reckon about 50ml of
fluid came out at a steady drip. Managed to buy some more ATF at a
nearby garage, and checked levels, and leak seemed to have miraculously
stopped. Two days later, no sign of a leak.
So where would this of come from? Why just the one big leak, and then
OK again? My thought is that for some reason we got a pressure build
up and the oil got forced back past the input shaft seal. Anybody else
seen anything like this before?
Merry Christmas to all our posters!
I recall a story that leaving the steering on full lock for around 30
seconds or so is highly likely to blow the seals... maybe you had a near
terminal seal failure experience. Get some one to roll it from lock to lock
with the engine running and see if it weaps in the process. Don't leave it
on full lock any longer than necessary though.
My 200Tdi did it for about a week then self-sealed.
The local landrover chap said it was best to keep topping it up as the the
recon ones are not worth the risk
and a new one would cost a load. Funny enough it sealed itself as I said.
I had a leak from my steering box that self-sealed, odd that. Also my
clutch slave cylinder also leaked for a week or so, hasn't leaked
again in years. Master clutch cylinder jammed a few times, topped it
up and pumped it a few times, and now it only sticks once every few
So land rovers are becoming self healing, will it be self-awareness
next? Perhaps land rovers aren't being knicked, perhaps they're off
forming a colony of the master race prior to invading human society
and taking over.
Thanks for your input folks. Obviuosly, power steering leaks like this
are not uncommon.
I hope that my power steering box isn't about to give out, but
hopefully, it will carry on for a bit. Dizzy has now done 205,000km,
and is obviously feeling her(his) age, but I can't afford, or want to
Merry christmas folks.
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