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Leak At Power Steering Idle Up Valve


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I changed the oil in the LS this afternoon, and for the first time I noticed a bit of oil dripping from the power steering pump area. It seems to be coming from the idle up valve, and as a result dripped and missed the alternator altogether. I have wiped everything clean and will re-inspect it again soon, but does anyone know if these idle up valves leak? And if so is the valve available separately?

Thanks for any advice.

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My shop manual show this valve as a simple spool valve that diverts extra air to the manifold as the pump pressure rises at full steering lock. I think the variable assist is done in the pump or the rack. This valve has two vacuum hoses going to and from it.

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The 'idle-up' can leak if it isn't screwed in tight. I broke one plastic fitting[where one of the two hoses connect] and had to buy one---GOODBY $120. !!!!

The drip may be originating from above--wait and see. Can't remember if there was an o-ring there or not.

If you unscrew later, be careful not to break anything--it is all plastic[except where it screws in].

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Thanks to all. I will drive it for a bit more and then check again where it leaks from, and if it is the valve, then I'll replace it.

I imagine that even an exchange pump doesn't come with the valve anyways.

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