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    Default Discovery steering rack appears to be leaking

    Hi guys, another question about the 2 tons of questions I have in my garage.
    I'm sorry if this is getting a bit much.

    When I was under the Disco over the weekend, i saw that the steering rack on the drivers side is sweating quite badly. I can't actually pinpoint the point where it starts, can't see it from the top and it comes from too high up to see from underneath.
    Power steering fluid is a tad low.

    Has anyone got any ideas?

    As you can tell, I'm more enthusiastic than knowledgeable.

    So far, in no particular order, she needs:
    Gearbox filter service.
    Brakes. Disks and pads.
    Coolant hose replacement and probably (definitely) a flush.
    Aux fuel tank pipe repair for the airlock and
    Now this.

    I understand that old cars need maintenance. I get it. Its one of the benefits of low insurance and zero installments but man, it never rains...

    Any pointers of where to start looking or what to try budget for, I'd be grateful.
    Last edited by Chopped; 2021/09/13 at 10:27 PM.

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    Default Re: Discovery steering rack appears to be leaking

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    Default Re: Discovery steering rack appears to be leaking

    Edited: removed my post as it seems I am wrong, those power steering units never leak
    Last edited by jelo; 2021/09/14 at 11:26 AM.
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    Default Re: Discovery steering rack appears to be leaking

    Thank you Jelo

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    Default Re: Discovery steering rack appears to be leaking

    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped View Post
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    The steering box itself looks fairly clean (oil free). This may sound stupid, but check if the jack which is stored in the battery box is not leaking oil.
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    Default Re: Discovery steering rack appears to be leaking

    FWIW, my D2 is now 21 years old, 315k km, no leaks on steering box and pipes also still original.
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    Default Re: Discovery steering rack appears to be leaking

    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDisco View Post
    The steering box itself looks fairly clean (oil free). This may sound stupid, but check if the jack which is stored in the battery box is not leaking oil.
    The day I brought her home, i found oil on the floor. Hunted for an hour before I found the jack was leaking. So, it didn't sound stupid to me.

    I folowed the advice from Jelo and Mikebob, sprayed it in degreaser, will see what I can see over the next day or two.

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    Default Re: Discovery steering rack appears to be leaking

    Mine is leaking, I topped it up with Dexron and it started pouring out, so I drained it and filled it with the correct oil, drove it a bit and drained/filled/drove a few more times to flush it properly.
    It still drips a bit, but is much less now.
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