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The Embalse de Riano in northern Spain. The picture was taken by .... me!

Wednesday, August 19

Ford KA power steering fluid leak

OK, so the garage topped me up. End of noise. "Fine", I thought. But today I see I am leaving a trail of oil spots, which I expect are the new power steering fluid making a quick getaway.

A quick trawl through the web suggests this is a common problem. Solutions:

  1. Continue topping it up and polluting the environment (if I can find where the reservoir is, me not being a mechanical type)
  2. Find the leak and replace the damaged part - ie dismantle the whole front of the car and pull the pump out through the headlamp hole (not on my budget!)
  3. Try one of those fluids that blocks leaks.
Anyway - the car is seven years old, and judging by the web many people get thos problem much sooner. So I can't complain.

[Edit 10 July 2012 ...

The leak was on the steering rack, not just the pump.  I bought a new (ie refurbished) steering rack, but never got round to putting it on (long story) and have no scrapped the car but still have a spare steering rack.

So: if you need a Ford KA power steering rack, I am open to offers if you are willing to collect.  Leave a comment with your email address and I will contact you to giving approximate location (this is supposed to be an anonymous blog) and we'll take it form there.]

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