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car only leaks power steering fluid in cold weather
Last winter, my 1998 Camry started leaking power steering fluid at a very slow rate. I kept an eye on the levels and only had to add a tiny bit of fluid every week or two. Once the weather warmed up in the spring and summer, the car stopped leaking power steering fluid completely. My car is once again leaking power steering fluid at a slow rate now that the weather is turning cooler. Why does the temperature have an effect on how quickly the power steering fluid leaks?
Last winter, I took the car into two different mechanics to get estimates on fixing the problem. One mechanic said that only the pump needed to be replaced and the other mechanic said the rack and pump were both faulty. I do not know who to believe and didn't want to pay another mechanic for a diagnostic fee. Since the leak is very slow and I am not experiencing any steering noises or problems, which is the most likely cause for my leak? Is there any risks associated with using Lucas Stop Leak or similar products? I can afford to replace the pump but replacing the rack and pinion is too costly. I do not like the mess the leak is making in my garage so I'd like to do something to slow the leak or stop it. Any advice would be appreciated.
1998 Camry LE 4 cylinder (106K)
1996 Camry LE - SOLD
Last edited by twocamrys; 10-29-2011 at 06:01 PM.