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SIII Steering Column Leaking fluid

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by bdh911, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. bdh911

    bdh911 Silver Level Sponsor

    i came in from a drive and found fluid on my shoe. Traced it to the top of the steering column just inside the dash where it appears to be weeping out the top of the steering column tube. I have a stock steering column but have changed to a wooden wheel so lost column adjustability but otherwise nothing else changes in the restoration. Thoughts?
  2. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Gold Level Sponsor

    You could not have oil there, maybe someone oiled or greased the bushing.
  3. DanR

    DanR SAOCA Treasurer Diamond Level Sponsor

    Might be brake cylinder sweeping!!
  4. bdh911

    bdh911 Silver Level Sponsor

    DanR - worried about brake fluid but haven’t figured out how that could be possible in that location. Very strange place for me to be getting fluid at all so I’m continuing to try to hunt it down.
  5. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Gold Level Sponsor

    What does it smell like?
  6. DanR

    DanR SAOCA Treasurer Diamond Level Sponsor

    Toyanvil asked if the bushing/bearing had been oiled..... I noted you said the steering wheel had been changed out.... Did you or someone else change the wheel? If someone else did is it possible they oiled the upper bushing?

    Can you post a couple pictures that will depict the leak?
  7. bulldurham

    bulldurham Platinum Level Sponsor

    You could have a leaking oil pressure line that is spraying some oil ..???
  8. Gary T

    Gary T Gold Level Sponsor

    Have you checked for a leak from the oil pressure gauge which is located above the steering column?
  9. Tim R

    Tim R Silver Level Sponsor

    I would check the pipe to the oil pressure gauge as suggested as that would potentially put a fluid in that position to leak down the column. Other options could be a leaking drain pipe from the scuttle, a leaking windscreen washer pipe or leaks from where the pedals go to the clutch and brake masters.
    Tim R.
  10. 65beam

    65beam Platinum Level Sponsor

    Lots of speculation but would be a lot easier to determine where it's coming from if you knew what the fluid is. Make that determination first and then look for the leak.
  11. bdh911

    bdh911 Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks for all the idea/thoughts. I’ll squeeze back under there again and see if I can sort out what the fluid is and check a couple of these options

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