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Are there any shortcuts to fixing this car's leak? Add to ...

Our 2002 Hyundai XG350 has 92,000 km and we have a leak with the power steering fluid. We are filling the reservoir and we put in something that can help to stop the leak but it is still leaking. The new part could cost up to $400 to $500 depending on the garage. Do you know of any other less costly solution? Thank you, Wendy

I know this is no consolation Wendy, but I had the same issue with a Ford Explorer years ago and there is nothing you can do to repair this problem, other than repair or replace the source of the leak. Additives that make claims to seal leaks very seldom work. Even if they do work, they only serve to mask the symptom, not cure the root cause of the problem.

Most of time, these leaks occur at the component that works the hardest – in this instance; the steering rack.

If indeed the steering rack is the culprit, you are getting away with a deal because these repairs usually run upwards of $1,000. If the leak is somewhere else, the only advice I can give you is to take your XG350 to as many shops as practical and look for a few things:

• Lowest price (obvious, but not always an indicator of quality work)

• Cleanliness of the shop (this tells you if the shop cares about their work and environment)

• Certifications on display (hopefully the shop is proud to display the type and frequency of the up-grading the technicians take part in)

Ask for solid quotes, not estimates and get them in writing. Have them explain the repair that is required and Wendy have them show you the old parts after the repair is finished. This may mean nothing to you, but at least a scrupulous shop will have performed the task they said they would.

Send your automotive maintenance and repair questions to Globe Drive experts at globedrive@globeandmail.com

 
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