Power Steering Fluid Leak

power steering pumpHello Austin,

This is Paul here and I have a Chevy Malibu 6 Cylinder car. My power steering is not great at the moment because I have a power steering fluid leak.  It’s one of the hoses. How easy will it be to replace the hoses? What tools will I need?

Taking it to a professional is the last resort.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and I’ll be glad to hear from you.

Wish you well,


Hey Paul

Well basically there are 3 components to the power steering system. The pump, 2 rubber hoses and the rack and pinion under the vehicle.

Here is a picture of the rack and pinion steering gear located under the vehicle connecting the left and right front tires.

power steering fluid leak

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The power steering hoses (pressure and return hoses) are the easiest to replace out of the components and I just think you will need some basic tools and wrenches.

I would get a can of CRC Brakleener spray from your auto parts store and clean off the spill area first so you can be sure of the cause an location of the leak. Do not use water, the spray will dry almost immediately and is not flammable.

Personally I would buy the hoses and pay a mechanic $75-100 to install them for you. Some hoses are not easy to get to, don’t recall exactly how hard your vehicle is off hand.

Here is a good video showing you how to replace the power steering hoses if you really want to do it yourself.

Have a great New Year

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Austin Davis

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