Power Steering Repair
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We installed HG1 in a 99 Chevy Malibu w/3100 eng. w/56,000 mi. on it to stop intake leak. I was not sure it would do the job but holy cow this really does work. It's now been 3,000 mi. with no more leak at all and didn't plug anything. I've been in this business since 1951 and have never seen anything like this product. I would recommend it to be used on any car.- Bill Best Best Auto REPAIR - Ithaca, NY
- Will Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair work in my vehicle?
Yes, Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair is compatible with all petroleum based, mineral oil, synthetic and ATF power steering fluids. This includes all domestic, import and heavy duty power steering applications.
- How long does it take to start working?
Depending on the power steering problem, results will either be immediate or noticeable within a few days of driving.
- If first application does not completely stop the leak, may I add another bottle?
Yes, you can install a second application for hard to stop leaks. We recommend that the power steering fluid be changed and a second application of Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair be added.
- How much do I install?
The 16 oz Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair, part number 1600, is designed for one bottle to be used for every 2 to 3 quarts of power steering fluid, which is the amount most passenger cars and light trucks use. For larger systems use one bottle for every 2.5 quarts of capacity.
- What are the symptoms of a power steering leak?
Depending on the severity of the leak, the first thing you may notice is spotting, where you will find fluid spots located on the driveway or garage floor. While looking under the vehicle around the area where the rack & pinion or gearbox is located; or the front of the engine where the belt is located, you will find fluid dripping. The next thing that happens is the steering wheel becomes harder to turn or does not turn smoothly. This is usually accompanied by a squealing or grinding noise when turning the wheel.
- How does Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair stop leaks?
This product works in two ways to help solve most any o-ring or seal leaks.
1) The seal restorer additive restores seal size, flexibility and elasticity lost due to heat, age and high mileage.
2) The seal polymer works by building a polymeric film around the seal or o-ring and also filling in any grooves worn in the shaft.
- What causes power steering leaks?
The most common cause of power steering system leaks is age and/or high mileage. After time, power steering seals and o-rings tend to dry out and shrink causing leaks. Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair works to revitalize these seals and makes them soft and pliable again.
- I have fluid collecting in the rubber bellows at either end of my steering rack, is this normal?
No, the rubber bellows are mainly designed to keep dirt out of the steering rack and only keep in a small amount of thick grease which lubricates the inner tie rod ends. Any signs of fluid in or leaking from the bellows means a seal inside the rack is leaking. Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair is the perfect product to use for this type of leak.
- Will I damage my system if I drive without fluid in my power steering?
Yes, usually damage to your power steering pump will happen within relatively few miles if you continue to drive with little or no fluid in your power steering reservoir.
- Will Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair help my noisy power steering pump?
Yes, Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair contains special friction modifiers to stop bearing, piston and valve noises inside the pump.
- Will I have steering if the power steering fails?
Yes, you will always have steering, but the vehicle will be very difficult to steer.
- The mechanic said my car has morning sickness. What is this?
Morning sickness is a condition where the vehicle will be hard to steer in the mornings or when cold. In many cases it will feel as if the power steering is not working at all. The cause of this problem is fluid bypassing worn o-ring seals in the sector shaft (where the shaft from the steering wheel connects to the rack & pinion) or grooves actually worn into the rack. After driving the vehicle and warming the fluid, the problem will usually go away, until the next day. Adding Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair will renew these o-rings and the polymer additives will prevent the fluid from bypassing the grooves.
- Will Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair help smooth my rough steering?
Yes, special lubricity additives will smooth out rough, hard and tight steering.
- Will Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair harm my steering system?
No, the product is completely safe to use and will not harm any part of the power steering system.
- My reservoir is not very low, can I just top of the system with Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair?
If you have a very minor leak, you may not be able to add the entire bottle. The product works great for topping off the power steering fluid level any time you need to add fluid. If using for other problems, you need to add at least 1⁄2 of the bottle into the system.
- What is a power steering system?
There Are Two Basic Types of Power Steering Systems
Most Rear-Wheel & 4-Wheel Drive. The gearbox contains a grooved metal shaft called a worm gear. This gear is threaded into a metal block with ball bearings between the threads to reduce friction. The block turns a pitman arm which is connected by the tie rods to each front wheel.
Rack & Pinion
Most Front-Wheel & All-Wheel Drive. The steering shaft connects to a pinion gear inside the metal housing. This pinion gear has teeth on it that mesh with the teeth on the rack. This rack is connected to each front wheel with the tie rod ends.
Steering Components – Power steering systems are combination of mechanical, hydraulic and some electrical parts.
Many mechanical parts are required to operate a power steering system. Some of the more important parts are steering shaft, rack & pinion or gearbox and fluid pump.
The hydraulic system uses a belt-driven fluid pump to create pressure and send this fluid through a high pressure hose to either the rack & pinion or gearbox.
Some later model vehicles use electronic sensors to detect the power steering fluid pressure and send information to the vehicle computer. The common element between all of the power steering components is the fluid. The fluid touches everything inside the pump, gearbox and rack & pinion. This fluid must lubricate, cool, clean and pressurize for the system to function. In newer systems, the power steering fluid can easily perform these functions. As the vehicle ages and gains more miles, the fluid alone can’t do the job. Internally, pumps whine, gears have play in them, valves stick, seals leak and the fluid quickly breaks down. When installed, Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair helps to stop and prevent these problems and enhances the useful life of your power steering system.
Your trusty car has been with you a long time. It has safely gotten you where you need to be all these years. As vehicles age and gain more miles, however, the power steering fluid loses its strength and can’t do its job alone. This is when Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair comes into play.
Internally, pumps whine, gears have play in them, valves stick, seals leak and the fluid quickly breaks down. Once installed, Bar’s Leaks Power Steering Repair helps to stop and prevent these problems and enhances the useful life of your power steering system, and in turn extends the life of your car.
We know you don’t have time to take your car into the shop. That’s why we created our products to be the fastest, safest way to get your show back on the road. Simply follow the instructions on the bottle and give that power steering system the boost it needs to keep you and your car going.
“All I can say is FANTASTIC!! Your Power Steering Repair additive is just that. Before adding your additive I could hardly turn the steering wheel...Now it is as if I just paid the several hundred dollars the mechanic wanted to repair my power steering.
With over 30 years experience as a licensed private investigator, I rely on hard evidence before giving information in court or to a client and I am at a loss to tell you how very pleased I am with your products.
I have used your radiator stop leak products but had never heard of your power steering repair product. And as far as I know you have never advertised it. I have no idea as to how these miracle additives work but I have the hard evidence they do. Thanks for your fantastic products... (P. S. - In my business one has to use inconspicuous autos and two that I use are running great with your products.)”
“I have a 1998 Cadillac Deville, with 80K miles the rack & pinion had been replaced by Cadillac around 40K miles while still under warranty, as the original rack & pinion shuttered as I turned corners at low speed normally while the engine / fluids were cold. The car now is out of warranty, and I now am experiencing morning sickness when I start the car after it has sat overnight - the power steering is hard to turn at startup. After discussing the problems with the staff at Bars Products, and my special thanks to Fred, I added Bar's Power Steering Repair - Part Number 1600 - and the power steering morning sickness has gone away. Again, I wish to extend my appreciation to Fred & the staff at Bar's Leaks, for their concern & their ingenious products.”