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I have a 97 CRV that has a bad leak in the power steering on the rack and pinion. I have taken the belt off the pump. How long can I drive it this way?

  • Not long really especially if the leak is bad - that power steering fluid also lubricates the rack and pinion , best get it sorted properly : safety is also a concern. – Solar Mike Aug 28 '17 at 5:17
  • It really only leaks when it has pressure and it is only a 900 do – Steve Aug 28 '17 at 5:24
  • Ouch. That happened to me once. I broke the power steering fan belt adjustment system. Bolt snapped clean off. Mine didn't leak, but didn't provide any power steering assist either. I drove that car for over 10,000 miles without the power steering belt. I'm sure I didn't do the system any good, but the car drove just fine. – zipzit Aug 28 '17 at 14:02
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not very long, the rack and pinon needs to be lubed up on the inside also. If there is no oil, the gears will grind together.

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Not long really, especially if the leak is bad - that power steering fluid also lubricates the rack and pinion , best get it sorted properly : safety is also a concern.

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