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Old 04-15-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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New owner looking for reassurance

So i finally bought an s13 with an RB20det. Took it to the shop and discovered slow leaks for power steering AND the clutch. And possibly coolant too but not sure.

Did i goof bad?
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Those are very minor issues. Even more minor then engine oil leaks which is usually a seal that needs replaced.

Power steering is most likely going to leak at the hoses which will need replaced.
Clutch is going to probably be both the master and slave cylinder, and maybe line.

But these are common wear items that have to be replaced every so many thousands of miles anyways. And the parts are not terrible in cost either.

Don't let that shop try to screw you over on extra charges, things that don't need replaced asap, have someone you trust do the repairs or learn how to do them yourself. You'll appreciate the car a lot more if can do those things.

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All 240s leak power steering fluid, thats their gift to the road
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Well, it sounds like you bought a 25+ year old car! Get some tools!
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+1 for all 240s leak p/s fluid

the clutch is leaking? easy enough to replace a clutch line with a new stainless braided line. if yours is still the original/factory one, delete the clutch damper at the same time
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That's such a huge relief lol thanks. i guess i can keep the fluids topped off until i get it fixed? I also noticed that the aftermarket oil press guage is showing 0 pressure.. hopefully it's just disconnected but is there a way to check if the oil pump is working?
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Lol I'll definitely kep that as an option
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That's such a huge relief lol thanks. i guess i can keep the fluids topped off until i get it fixed? I also noticed that the aftermarket oil press guage is showing 0 pressure.. hopefully it's just disconnected but is there a way to check if the oil pump is working?
you def need to verify if the gauge is hooked up or not
if the engine hasn't spun a bearing yet, its probably just not hooked up, but verify before putting miles on the car.
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also, did you find out if its leaking coolant??? if so, from where???
any mechanic shop worth a shit will have a pressure test kit that can help determine where its leaking
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also, did you find out if its leaking coolant??? if so, from where???
any mechanic shop worth a shit will have a pressure test kit that can help determine where its leaking
Also you can rent them at Auto Zone or similar, also you can get a UV dye kit for your steering fluid (and likewise for the coolant if its not obvious) and use a black light to trace it to the source.
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also, did you find out if its leaking coolant??? if so, from where???
any mechanic shop worth a shit will have a pressure test kit that can help determine where its leaking
it is leaking coolant unfortunately. Time to sink some money into this thing lol
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Also you can rent them at Auto Zone or similar, also you can get a UV dye kit for your steering fluid (and likewise for the coolant if its not obvious) and use a black light to trace it to the source.
Thanks, ill look into the auto zone kit. As for the steering, it looks like its coming from the boot at the steering rack. not good
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Thanks, ill look into the auto zone kit. As for the steering, it looks like its coming from the boot at the steering rack. not good
its not uncommon for a small amount of fluid to be in that area. like 1/2oz. Imagine the cap of a 20oz coke bottle. That much or less and I wouldn't worry about it. If its more than that, time for a new rack.
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its not uncommon for a small amount of fluid to be in that area. like 1/2oz. Imagine the cap of a 20oz coke bottle. That much or less and I wouldn't worry about it. If its more than that, time for a new rack.
no drips this morning on the ground when i checked. but you can hear the pump whirring when steering :/ ill top the fluid off for now and hope theres no air in there
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its not uncommon for a small amount of fluid to be in that area. like 1/2oz. Imagine the cap of a 20oz coke bottle. That much or less and I wouldn't worry about it. If its more than that, time for a new rack.
interesting. There were no drips on the ground letting it sit overnight. should i play with the wheel while running and see if that causes it to drip?
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