Power steering fluid leak

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  1. dodgeboy

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    I pulled my Charger HC out of the garage to wash it today, and slipped on a puddle of what appears to be PS fluid on my garage floor when I walked back in. The puddle is near the driver front of the vehicle (maybe a foot or two back from the bumper), and is red in color. The power steering fluid reservoir is slightly below the "low" mark, so I have to assume that's what it is. I didn't pull it up on ramps or anything to try to determine where it was coming from. Has anyone heard of this happening to anyone else? The car is only a week old (560mi). Looks like it'll be making an early trip back to the dealer this week. :(
     
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    Is it standard or manual tranny? :(
     
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    I meant automatic...I'm a dummy:confused:
     
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    You made me chuckle lol
     
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    That sux
     
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    Dodge replaced the power steering hose on my car while it at the train/transport station in Angola, NY. The car was put on hold and a Fenkel inspection was noted. I inquired with SRT and they said there was a quality issue with some power steering hoses that made it onto cars. Mine was one and the hose was replaced by Fenkel. This is what I was told anyway....
     
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    Auto (charger).
     
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    Made an appointment at the dealer for tomorrow. I sure hope whatever parts need to be replaced aren't on backorder or something! It hurts to take it back to the dealer after only having it a week.
     
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    Please post what they discover...you should be there to check it out yourself. Concerning for us both, same car and about same birth date. Post the findings please. Mike
     
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    I'm a bit puzzled by the whole thing... Since cleaning the garage floor, I haven't noticed any additional leaking. I'm starting to wonder if it was transported without a cap on the reservoir (and later replaced the cap), or if someone overfilled it and then suctioned out the excess? There is visible fluid down the filler neck and all over the valve cover. The first rule of leaks is to find the highest point with fluid on it, which in this case would be the cap/filler neck. The amount of fluid on the garage floor was impressive. An ounce or two, I'd say. For there to have been that much fluid, the leak would have to be rather significant. However, since cleaning it up I haven't noticed any more leaking. The fluid level hasn't dropped any more, either. I wonder if the factory, transporter, or dealer left the cap off, or was very sloppy when filling it? If the spilled fluid wound up on the plastic panel under the engine, it would explain the "one time" leak. I pulled off the plastic access panel under the engine and looked around. I didn't see any obvious sources of the leak, but there is fluid on the AC compressor (which is under the PS pump), and several of the hoses.

    I can't decide if I should take it to the dealer or just monitor it closely. Dealer service trips tend to stress me out.
     
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    has the steering wheel been turned with engine off? that can cause fluid to burp out of the reservoir.
     
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    It has not (at least not since i took delivery of it). This is good information to have, though.

    The garage floor had more fluid on it this morning, so I'm taking it to the dealer. I'll report back with what they have to say.
     
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    Checking mine out yesterday and my reservoir was way under cold fill. No sign of any leak.
     
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    Hmm... Makes me wonder if it's leaking something else, and my steering fluid was just low from the factory? It could be an oil or tranny cooler leak as well... I'm not confident on the reddish color comment I made earlier. It only looked like that initially. Ever since, it has seemed to be more of an engine oil color, but it's hard to tell since the fluids are all so clean right now.
     
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    Think got same problem few drops and smell like chicken soup no lie thought I ran something over
     

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