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Changed old, stuck rotor now I have a power steering leak.


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Shackelz
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Dec 12, 2017, 3:46 PM

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Changed old, stuck rotor now I have a power steering leak. Sign In

I have a 2000 Malibu. Around 2010 when I attempted, with my father, to replace the rotors on my car, the driver side caliper bracket had a bolt that was very rusted in and eventually got stripped and so we were unable to replace that rotor. (At the time, I was in high school and my father was still teaching me how to perform car repairs on my own, so I assumed if he couldn't get it off then maybe it just wouldn't come off.

Fast forward to a few days ago, I bought myself some new rotors and brakes prepared to buckle down and get this bolt off. I did and so I replaced the now very old rotor on the driver side. It had a lip to it now where the brakes would sit underneath this lip. But I got both sides replaced with new brakes as well and I figured that would be the last repair I would have to do for a few months.

2 days later, I find that I have been leaking power steering fluid. I know how to replace the pump as I have done it several times before. My question is: Is it possible that replacing that rotor after so long would have caused my power steering leak? I know it's more difficult to brake when the power steering goes out but I don't know how they are related exactly.


(This post was edited by Shackelz on Dec 12, 2017, 3:47 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 12, 2017, 5:16 PM

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? Is this to say you only did one rotor calling just pads "NEW" brakes? No, always best to equally to each side.


Rust to a caliper bolt so far I've never failed to remove IDK it's as rust here inland MA as it gets they come out.
Rust is its own nightmare no telling what it might pick on sometimes. If just one side horrible question why. I doubt doing that caused a PS leak which could be anywhere PS fluid flows pump, reservoirs, wrong caps?, hoses and seals of the rack.


Seriously - if rust an issue with this car check the things that are super dangerous like fuel and brake line anything, the tank all of it include the strength of the sub frames and ones welded into as well. Early or later there is a point you don't win that battle cost vs what the car's worth. Do know where you stand with rust. Surprise brake line blowouts, fuel leaks in an enclosed area a horror show,


T



Shackelz
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Dec 12, 2017, 5:38 PM

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? Is this to say you only did one rotor calling just pads "NEW" brakes? No, always best to equally to each side.


Rust to a caliper bolt so far I've never failed to remove IDK it's as rust here inland MA as it gets they come out.
Rust is its own nightmare no telling what it might pick on sometimes. If just one side horrible question why. I doubt doing that caused a PS leak which could be anywhere PS fluid flows pump, reservoirs, wrong caps?, hoses and seals of the rack.


Seriously - if rust an issue with this car check the things that are super dangerous like fuel and brake line anything, the tank all of it include the strength of the sub frames and ones welded into as well. Early or later there is a point you don't win that battle cost vs what the car's worth. Do know where you stand with rust. Surprise brake line blowouts, fuel leaks in an enclosed area a horror show,


T


Do you English? This is not helpful at all. I also said that I bought "rotors" indicating plural. As in more than one.


Discretesignals
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Dec 12, 2017, 7:34 PM

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Did you attempt to actually read his entire post? Tom answered your question and even recommended you check for other possible issues that could show up on a rusty car. Show some respect to someone that is giving you free advice.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Dec 12, 2017, 7:39 PM)


Shackelz
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Dec 12, 2017, 7:52 PM

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Did you attempt to actually read his entire post? Tom answered your question and even recommended you check for other possible issues that could show up on a rusty car. Show some respect to someone that is giving you free advice.


I did read the entire post. Most of it was about rust which is not a concern of mine. As for the power steering comments. I already know where it's coming from, I just want someone who has experience with this model to tell me whether the issues are related since it seems improbable that only a day after changing out the old rotor the power steering just decided to leak.

I will add that in the past when I had to change my power steering pump, it was because I was being rough with the car (stupid high school me). But I haven't been rough with the car since the last time I replaced the pump.

Side note: I wasn't being disrespectful. It's very difficult to understand people if they cannot properly use the language that they are trying to use.


(This post was edited by Shackelz on Dec 12, 2017, 7:53 PM)


Hammer Time
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Dec 12, 2017, 8:42 PM

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Don't blame the rotors for the power steering leak because there is no connection but it wouldn't surprise me if you caused it yourself by turning the wheels back and forth with the engine off. That will push the fluid out.



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