[nikonf4] Re: Power Steering

  • From: Dave <downsouthdave@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 08:30:41 -0800 (PST)

Honda has a strange technique. As the brake fluid goes down (that's normal, it 
fills the caliper bore space behind the wheel cylinder pistons) they recommend 
against replenishing it. The reservoir is quite large, and they use the fluid 
level as an indicator of brake pad wear. 

From: "WiltW@xxxxxxx" <WiltW@xxxxxxx>
To: nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tue, November 23, 2010 1:09:12 AM
Subject: [nikonf4] Re: Power Steering

And as a counter to Koichi's experience, my own Bimmers, which now includes  a 
nine year old 325i, and previously included a twelve year old 325i,   never 
required topping off brake fluid.
In a message dated 11/22/2010 8:32:37 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
nikonf3tmd4@xxxxxxx writes:

>    Just as a reference, I replenish about an ounce    of steering fluid 
>(actually Dexron III or IV ATF) every few months on my    Bimmer.  
>Koichi Yasutani - a.k.a. Steve + MP
>Lakewood, WA    U.S.A.
>2010 / 11 / 22      20:31 PST
>On Nov 22, 2010,    at 0624 , Eric Welch wrote:
>> I don't know. It was just replaced in    September.
>> On Nov 22, 2010, at 1:26 AM, Koichi Mac    wrote:
>>>  That's how much it costs nowadays?  Am    afraid your case isn't isolated 
>>>one.  I think replacing the steering    system is pretty difficult.  It 
>>>have much tolerance to make it    work right without leaks.  How much fluid 
>>>you lose a    month?
>>> On Nov 21, 2010, at 2208 , Eric Welch    wrote:
>>>> The problem is, this rack is only six    weeks old. And cost me $900 to 
>>>> On    Nov 21, 2010, at 7:22 PM, Koichi Mac wrote:
>>>>>    Power steering is almost always prone for    leaks.  It uses a 
>>>>> tremendous 
>>>>>oil pressure to operate.  None of    vehicles I ever owned didn't leak.  
>>>>>none are / were too bad, I just    keep my eyes on every few months.
>>>>> On    Nov 21, 2010, at 0715 , Eric Welch wrote:
>>>>>> In my car, it's part and parcel of the A Frame.    Everything seems to 
>>>>>> be good 
>>>>>>now. Except the power steering rack that I    replaced about six weeks 
>>>>>>ago is 
>>>>>>leaking slightly again. I'll have to keep an    eye on it until I can get 
>>>>>>it in.
>>>>>> On Nov 21, 2010, at 12:05 AM, Koichi Mac    wrote:
>>>>>>>  Do you know    if your A-frame is OK?  Ball joint is what connects 
>>>>>>> A-frame to 
>>>>>>>chassis    frame.
>>>>>>> On Nov 20,    2010, at 1935 , Eric Welch wrote:
>>>>>>>> In my case, the mechanic said the ball joint    broke. 
>>>>>>>> On    Nov 20, 2010, at 6:30 PM, Dave <downsouthdave@xxxxxxxxx>    
>>>>>>>>>    It's not clear to me whether it's the ball joint or the CV joint; 
>>>>>>>>> impact 
>>>>>>>>>with    a curb can damage either or both. The ball joint isn't 
>>>>>>>>>directly to    the rotating mass however- the CV joint    is.
>>>>>>>>>    CVJ should go 200K, but some don't. I'd rather have a rear wheel 
>>>>>>>>> drive car,    
>>>>>>>>>but there are so many good cars that are    FWD.
>>>>>>>>>    Mac is back up, BTW. Doing the updates on the end of a wire 
>>>>>>>>> instead of    
>>>>>>>>> From: Koichi Mac    <nikonf3tmd4@xxxxxxx>
>>>>>>>>> To: Nikon F4    <nikonf4@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>>>>> Sent: Sat,    November 20, 2010 8:43:17 PM
>>>>>>>>> Subject:    [nikonf4] CV Joint
>>>>>>>>>  I was guessing the right side    too.  Right front wheel tend to run 
>>>>>>>>> on more 
>>>>>>>>>rugged part of the    road…driver making steep turn on the right than 
>>>>>>>>>on the 
>>>>>>>>>left…….  The CV    joint should last about 200K miles, doesn't    it?
>>>>>>>>>    On Nov 15, 2010, at 2046 , Dave wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> It takes a lot of miles or impact to    break a CV joint and axle. 
>>>>>>>>>> If the cause 
>>>>>>>>>>is wear, they should both be replaced.    My guess: it's the right 
>>>>>>>>>>side. It 
>>>>>>>>>>always fails 141 miles before the left one    does :-). What kind of 
>>>>>>>>>> From: Eric Welch    <ericwelch@xxxxxx>
>>>>>>>>>> To:    f4@xxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>>>>>>> Sent: Mon, November 15,    2010 11:15:56 PM
>>>>>>>>>> Subject: Re: Laguna    Hills, north of San Diego
>>>>>>>>>> Nope, employed just fine. But the    right ball joint and axel are 
>>>>>>>>>> broken and 
>>>>>>>>>>will be replaced tomorrow. So I'm    taking the day off and laze 
>>>>>>>>>>around the 
>>>>>>>>>>house all day, then take the bus to the    repair shop to pick it up. 
>>>>>>>>>> On Nov 15, 2010, at 8:12 PM, Robert    McLaughlin wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> Great! Another    unemployed!
>>>>>>>>>>> On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM,    Eric Welch <ericwelch@xxxxxx>   
>>>>>>>>>>> I don't think so. I live on    the south border of Camp Pendleton. 
>>>>>>>>>>> But I have a 
>>>>>>>>>>>non-working car at the    moment.  

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