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#1 woody190881

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

Hello all, (Apologies for the food related spelling mistake in the title!) :)

We bought our 55 plate focus 4 months ago.

Over the last few days ive noticed a few small fluid marks on the drive after moving the car. They are below the engine on the drivers side towards the front of the car.

I have put an old white rag underneath about 4 hours ago and just checked now. There is 1 small drop with another close to dropping. When i touched the drop that was ready to fall is was a greasy consistency fluid and almost clear.

The drip is coming from a metal housing (See below). My initial guess is power steering fluid? Does this seem likely? The steering has been fine and the level is ok, however when applying full lock either left or right, there is a noticable "whine".



Any help/advice appreciated!
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#2 artscot79

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

There will be a whine on full lock or when the cars not moving from the location it looks like the pump or the pipe to the pump

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

Thanks artscot.

What is the metal housing where the drip is coming from? Is that something to do with the power steering or is it merely the point where the fluid is finding its way to the point of dripping onto the drive!

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

Looks like the aircon condenser sorry im on my ohone and the picture doesnt show up as well its dripping from above down onto that part

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

Sometimes it can be difficult to know where leaking fluids are coming from

Keep an eye on all the fluid levels (including engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid (shared with hydralic clutch) power steering etc)

You could mark the levels with a felt-tip pen, or top it up to an exact mark, them monitor it (the levels can go up & down hot/ cold especially the coolant/ you can get a different readings on the level/ on an incline)

You can often tell by the color (Power steering fluid is usually red/pink or green, not clear - on Fords)

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

You can often tell by the color (Power steering fluid is usually red/pink or green - not clear)


beg to differ, i have some slick 50 left over from when i changed the power steering fluid on our scoob.... thats clear same as brake/clutch fluid.. ;-)

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

Is your focus the 'newer' shape? If so the 1.6 petrol is bad for the power steering high pressure hose failing... You might just have spotted an early sign of this - although any I have looked at the fluid has been red

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

tbh id check mine, but i carnt as its all electric....... sorry..

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

tbh id check mine, but i carnt as its all electric....... sorry..


is yours the 1.8tdci? does that not run an electric hydraulic pump? the fluid for this is actually hidden, accessed by removing the driver side wheel arch. atleast this is the setup my dad's 2005 mk2 used

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:34 PM

yeah its the 1.8 tdci.... but its the face lift version.... apparently its all run by sensors. but will double check for you as soon as i can...

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

prob tomorrow night in the dark after work........ ur a bugger, you got me curious now lol

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

prob tomorrow night in the dark after work........ ur a bugger, you got me curious now lol


haha sorry mate :lol: i have no idea what the face lift version uses

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

am deffo looking tomorrow night now, and will post up results lol

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:17 PM

Is your focus the 'newer' shape? If so the 1.6 petrol is bad for the power steering high pressure hose failing... You might just have spotted an early sign of this - although any I have looked at the fluid has been red


Hi, yeah mine is a mark 2 55 plate.1.6 zetec climate. Hopefully in the morning ill have some mote drips that might give a better indication.of the fluid colour. I'm pretty certain it is clear and from memory after checking inside the power steering container this fluid does look clear on my focus.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

on other cars ive worked on the fluid has been red, like a auto transmition fluid, but just letting you know there is also clear out there. i can provide a pic if you want just to confirm....

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