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Old 12-09-2015, 10:41 PM
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Re: 2015 power steering failure

I just want to add my story so people can be on alert.

The same thing as the OP's story happened to me, but twice!

First I was parked at costco, and power steering fluid was leaking from the front, looked like the radiator area. It drained all my power steering fluid in a matter of seconds and my wheel locked as I was backing out. Thankfully, I was able to leave in park and slightly steer it.

This led me to believe it was the high pressure power steering fluid line because everything drained in less than 1 min.

In short, I towed it to the dealer, they said the power steering line was loose. Blamed it on some clip. Refilled it with power steering fluid, added a new clip and off I went. This took about 3-4 days because this dealership is incompetent.

1 week later, I drove out of town. Total round trip of about 2.5 hrs. Parked the JGC in the garage then later decided to go to store.

As I was backing out, Same CRAP happened again. Power steering fluid leaking by radiator side on front end. No PS fluid to reservoir and it spilled all over driveway. Put the Jeep back inside the garage and I was pissed!!!

I now have to deal with the horrible Chrysler Dealership in the Coachella Valley, btw it is the only service dealership. I am really considering fixing it myself this time because I just don't trust those MORONS! If I fixed it myself I will march back into the dealership and demand a refund for the poor service and work they did on my Jeep. This is dangerous and my wife is pregnant. If anything happened to her their would be a big law against them.

Ok had to vent a little...srry.
We have the total care insurance but I am beginning to really question the JGC and the crappy dealership in my area.

Anybody else experience this? I haven't visited this forum in a while. hi everybody. FYI I have 2014 Overland JGC with 40k miles.

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Re: 2015 power steering failure

I had the dealer look into my low power steering fluid on my 2015 Summit and they found a leak at the power steering rack and tightened the return power steering line then topped up the fluid. I never noticed any leaks on my garage floor. That was at 7800 miles. I am now at 12K miles and I have observed a slight loss of fluid but it is still between min and max when hot. I have the car at the dealer right now and had them check it again. They say there are no leaks but they did add some fluid.

I also had this happen on our 2013 JX35. Power steering fluid went low within the first 10K. Dealer topped it up and it has been good ever since (now 55K miles).
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I had the dealer look into my low power steering fluid on my 2015 Summit and they found a leak at the power steering rack and tightened the return power steering line then topped up the fluid. I never noticed any leaks on my garage floor. That was at 7800 miles. I am now at 12K miles and I have observed a slight loss of fluid but it is still between min and max when hot. I have the car at the dealer right now and had them check it again. They say there are no leaks but they did add some fluid.

I also had this happen on our 2013 JX35. Power steering fluid went low within the first 10K. Dealer topped it up and it has been good ever since (now 55K miles).
Thanks for your input ejgc.

However, my fluid did not go low over time. It completely drained in a matter of seconds. Which leads me to believe they did not install the high pressure ps line correctly.
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Re: 2015 power steering failure

Update for my steering fluid drop.

It has been 5/6 months and it has been good since this time. It seems to have been a one-off gulp of fluid that did not show up anywhere under the Jeep.
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My issue is that there was no visible leakage but it may have some leakage into the steering rack rubber boots (still to be checked). Jeep says that this fluid consumption is NORMAL. Has anyone else noticed their steering fluid being used up ?
It shouldn't be used up - at least not at any quick rate, though it can burn or be subject to some evaporation over time in severe heat conditions. Having said that, the operating temperature of power steering fluid should be a lot more stable than that of, say, brake fluid that could have occasional extreme stressors, such as trailer towing or lots of steep downhill braking.

The biggest issue with many vehicles is that power steering fluid is often the same DOT fluid the brakes use. That stuff is very hydrophilic, so it needs to be replaced at regular intervals to keep water out of the system. That's why you should only use a fresh, sealed bottle of it when doing a change and (in the case of brakes) should do a full bleed of the old fluid. This will also remove any air that makes its way into the system.

It doesn't sound like that's what the fluid is in the Jeeps, though it may still have the same hydrophilic tendencies.

I can't believe any system would consume that much fluid without some sort of extreme heat of friction stress like you get with motor oil.

Unless this system is really bizarre (like in a bad way), the only things to watch out for are leaks, water or dirt infiltration or heat related stress (which would likely cause obvious discoloration).
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