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#4696956 - 03/16/18 06:26 PM Something is leaking from somewhere (photo)
RichardS Offline


Registered: 01/14/17
Posts: 632
Loc: Melbourne, Florida
Itís clearly coming out of the protective boot around the drive shaft on the drivers side, but a similar color and consistency fluid can be found on the passenger side on the underside of the hood.

I donít lose a noticeable amount of motor oil or PS fluid in between oil changes, and I empty/refill the PS reservoir with each oil change.


What fluid am I losing, and where do you think itís leaking from?
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#4696963 - 03/16/18 06:32 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
casamagana Offline


Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 43
Loc: California, USA
Pin hole in axle boot. I see grease.
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#4696969 - 03/16/18 06:39 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
mk378 Offline


Registered: 09/27/15
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Loc: USA
Yes the CV joints are packed with grease, and the boot is supposed to keep the grease in.

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#4696984 - 03/16/18 06:50 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
147_Grain Offline


Registered: 03/11/13
Posts: 1956
Loc: USA
CV Axle grease.

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#4696987 - 03/16/18 06:51 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19345
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Yes, leaking CV boots. They may or may not be spit or even have a hole, at that age the grease can thin out dramatically and can leak past the clamps also.
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#4696993 - 03/16/18 06:57 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 501
Loc: texas
get new boots before it starts clicking.

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#4696999 - 03/16/18 07:04 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
qjohn Offline


Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 91
Loc: IL
If it is leaking from the end of the boot underneath the big clamp, then just tighten the clamp or put on another clamp. If the boot has a hole, replace the boot or axle assembly.

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#4697032 - 03/16/18 07:47 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
RichardS Offline


Registered: 01/14/17
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Loc: Melbourne, Florida
Thanks everybody! I knew I should have taken better photos while I was under there.

I was only on the drivers side - but it seemed to be along the end of the boot closest the center of the car , and not anywhere along the middle of the boot.

I just got hub assemblies in the mail today - so I suppose I should delay their installation until I order new boots.

Yay/boo for new projects and learning new things!
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#4697036 - 03/16/18 07:54 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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What car is this? Get poly boots if available and Redline CV02 grease, you will need about 14oz per side (7oz per joint).
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#4697045 - 03/16/18 08:08 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
tig1 Offline


Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13724
Loc: Illinois
Two months ago I had to have the axle on the passenger side of my 2007 Fusion replaced for the same reason yours will need to be replaced. I noticed grease close to the boot and it had a very small hole in it.
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#4697058 - 03/16/18 08:16 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
RichardS Offline


Registered: 01/14/17
Posts: 632
Loc: Melbourne, Florida
Trav,
This is on the Buick. I noticed it while replacing the struts. I only see poly available for the outer on rockauto, but there may be poly options at the local auto parts stores.

tig1,
Hopefully I donít need all that fun stuff, and itís just a boot replacement.
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#4697068 - 03/16/18 08:26 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
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Registered: 01/03/09
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Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: RichardS
Trav,
This is on the Buick. I noticed it while replacing the struts. I only see poly available for the outer on rockauto, but there may be poly options at the local auto parts stores.

tig1,
Hopefully I don’t need all that fun stuff, and it’s just a boot replacement.



Hope your right. However I had gallbladder surgery about that time and had to have it done. With labor, the cost was close to that of replacing the axle, so they put in a 3 year warrantied axle for me.
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#4697098 - 03/16/18 08:54 PM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19345
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: RichardS
Trav,
This is on the Buick. I noticed it while replacing the struts. I only see poly available for the outer on rockauto, but there may be poly options at the local auto parts stores.

tig1,
Hopefully I donít need all that fun stuff, and itís just a boot replacement.



Poly for the outer are great as those have the greatest range of motion, the inner are okay with neoprene.
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#4697397 - 03/17/18 09:13 AM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: RichardS]
Claud Offline


Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 593
Loc: Margate England
Originally Posted By: RichardS
I donít lose a noticeable amount of motor oil or PS fluid in between oil changes, and I empty/refill the PS reservoir with each oil change.


Why do you do that?.

Claud.

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#4697402 - 03/17/18 09:19 AM Re: Something is leaking from somewhere (photo) [Re: Claud]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19345
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Most US cars don't use high end synthetic PS fluid like CHF 11S or CHF 202 so exchanging the fluid in the reservoir does help to keep the fluid in better condition longer.
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