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Old 01-01-2011, 10:20 PM
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Default leaking red stuff!

my truck is leaking red fluid from under the rad. support it's leaking a pretty good amount all the steering stuff is soaked what could it be?
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:21 PM
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Tranny fluid. Clean it up the best you can and see where it's coming from...and remember, don't let the fluid run dry. Fill it up.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:58 PM
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its trans fluid, fix it ASAP!

where exactly is the leak?
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:02 PM
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Sounds like transmission fluid. It might be as simple as a loose fitting where it enters or exits the tranny oil cooler that's part of the radiator. Maybe the fan is blowing it onto the PS components.

I don't think the steel lines go bad very often, so if the fittings are all tight you might need some radiator repairs or replacement.
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:45 PM
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:14 PM
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Has to be transmission fluid.
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:32 PM
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Ive seen red power steering fluid before. Put in and leaked out.. not very likely at all but spotting the leak is a must to begin any assumptions. 99% its tranny fluid however
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by 95Erokram View Post
Ive seen red power steering fluid before. Put in and leaked out.. not very likely at all but spotting the leak is a must to begin any assumptions. 99% its tranny fluid however
Some folks use tranny fluid for the power steering.... not really recommended, but, they do it anyway.....
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:30 PM
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^actually somewhere along the way i think dodge issued a TSB to use ATF+4 if all of the PS steering was replaced. i don't think they recommended mixing them.

here it is. i interpret it as - either is ok, but don't mix them.
the old fluid is amber. the new is red.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:43 AM
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I agree with the other posts. I tend to believe it is transmission fluid leakage. The fan can cause it to spread around the engine compartment usually behind where the leakage is occurring. The easiest way to locate it, is to first watch for low fluid levels, both in the transmission and the power steering unit. Next, go to the car wash and wash all the oil you can off the engine and watch closely for the next couple days to see where the oil is coming from. With a little luck and a small mirror, you should be able to catch sight of where the leak originates before it creates a new mess.
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