Power Steering Fluid Rupture at Gear Box
I have been working too slowly on my 96 Caprice. I have had it inside one of those portable garages since last November - so for 1 whole stinking year - I have been removing and replacing the radiator core support, both fenders, the radiator, the hoses, the water pump, the plugs & wires, the coil, the ignition module and trying to reassemble it all and searching for bolts and clips, etc. Ugh!
Well today I finally got the hood back on and lined up and I started the car for the first time since last November! Anyway, the car was running for a few minutes and I was checking all radiator connections, hoses, oil cooler and tranny cooler lines and then WHAM! I either blew a line at the steering box or some seal in the box itself has blown. Fluid went everywhere and the power steering reservoir emptied - quickly!
I'm hoping that the pressure line or the return line at the top of the steering box is what blew out. However, is it possible that some seal on the steering box itself could have blown? I've never had something like that happen to me before so I figured that I would ask.
I ran out of daylight and it has been raining all weekend here so I have packed it in for now. The car is a 1996 Caprice Classic Sedan with the power steering cooler line. Both the high pressure and the return lines have been replaced once already on this 21 year old car. I forget when but I might guess that these lines are 10 years old. It has 139,918 miles on it. It's a Pittsburgh, PA car so it has seen it's share of winters and road salt.
Any help or suggestions are welcome.