I have a power steering leak, coming from the rack. I want to try a
stop leak product (from gold eagle) which says it can be used in all
powersteering units and compatible with all power steering fluids.
However My 98 Maxima uses ATF not regular power steering fluid, so I'm
not sure it really is compatible. Anyone know is adding the stop leak
would hurt anything?
I would be very careful just what fluid I put into the power steering.
If it says it's compatible chances are it won't cause seal failure but
then it might not help stop the leak. Sounds like it's more then just
needing a seal swelling fluid. Think it needs a seal replacing.
Will T wrote:
email@example.com (Will T) wrote in message
Power steering fluid and ATF are pretty much the same thing. ATF
usually just has a little "stop leak-type" additive in it already. I
wouldn't worry about compatibility problems. Bigger question is
whether the stop leak will be good for your pump, even if it fixes the
rack. The additive works by swelling up the seals. It has to swell
them enough to stop a 1,400 psi leak. Will it swell up something in a
perfectly good pump that will not like it? That's the question.
If your rack needs replacing, then it may be a worthwhile gamble.
Worst case scenario is that your entire steering system will be
damaged, rather than only one expensive component being bad.
I've never faced this problem myself, but before I used this product,
I would get prices on this first and judge the relative costs that
Then, if I decided to use it, I'd add a little at a time over a period
of days or weeks, rather than dump in a high concentration of the
Thanks for the info, it says it won't hurt any power steering
components, but you unless consumer reports does a test or something
you never know for sure.
I'll give it a try and hope for the best.
firstname.lastname@example.org (JM) wrote in message
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