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5200 leaking powersteering fluid

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02-13-2018 15:56:51

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Greetings Ford lovers, my 5200 has been leaking powersteering fluid from 2 different places and i have decided to do something about it. The first leak is at the bottom of the powersteering reservoir located at the front of the motor about 10 inches above the water pump, kinda has its own bracket and is suspended high, with 4 steel lines coming and going from it.The leak is coming from between a small metal piece thats spot welded onto the bottom of the reservoir. Looks like metal fatigue from vibration. The reservoir does have an additional metal piece welded on the top portion of it which bolts to the bottom of the hood.The holes never lined up under the hood so its not been secured and probably what caused the vibration.I have already found another reservoir and will be fitting it in shortily.

My second leak comes from the steel powersteering lines that are suspended above the manifold and are neatly fastened together with compression fittings;just above were the motor and clutch housing meet and also next to the fuel tank and head to the steering wheel from the pump and reservoir.They leak right at the compression fittings and you can not get them any tighter.Closer inspection reveals that some of those lines are cracked or are starting to seperate. I can make out faint fault linesfrom the actual rolling/manufactoring process. Three of the lines are 3/8s in. and one is 1/2 in. I dont know if New Holland still has those lines available. Probably will cost an arm and a leg. Im thinkin to replace them all with regular hydraulic hose and be done with it. Any of you guys have this problem? Could hydraulic lines do the job.Im tired of these leaks. Thanks in advance for any replies. John

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02-15-2018 07:31:05

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 Re: 5200 leaking powersteering fluid in reply to Jo-ker, 02-13-2018 15:56:51  
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I have used about 6 wraps of teflon tape under the nut to tighten the flare up tighter to compress the little washers successfully on those. Ford wanted a fortune for the little rubber washers, if you could find them... assuming we're talking about the mid-way fittings.... Hope this helps....

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Destroked 450

02-14-2018 08:11:38

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 Re: 5200 leaking powersteering fluid in reply to Jo-ker, 02-13-2018 15:56:51  
Sounds like someone has rigged up the reservoir, it should have a bracket attached to it that bolts the the side of the head.

It should also have a tab in the front with a plate clamp to secure it to the hood support rod that bolts to the front of the head.

The reservoir does not bolt to the hood.

Is it leaking at the compression fitting or from a crack in the line, also is the compression nut drawn all the way up or just tight.

I have seen on some old fittings were the line is bottomed out inside the fitting and not allowing the ferrule to fully seat against the fittings shoulder.

Cutting a little off the end of the line with a grinder allows the ferrule to be drawn tighter against the shoulder and will sometimes stop the leak.


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matt from oz

02-13-2018 22:38:31

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 Re: 5200 leaking powersteering fluid in reply to Jo-ker, 02-13-2018 15:56:51  
Jo-ker way I see it you have two options both from hydraulic shop. Get hydraulic lines made up have done that with a Ford 3000 or get steel lines made up have done that for platform on a header (Australia) combine harvester (USA). All you need is a helpful hydraulic shop.

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Brendon Warren

02-13-2018 18:30:04

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 Re: 5200 leaking powersteering fluid in reply to Jo-ker, 02-13-2018 15:56:51  
Do you know how to braize? I've fixed a few lines that way.

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02-13-2018 18:40:08

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 Re: 5200 leaking powersteering fluid in reply to Brendon Warren, 02-13-2018 18:30:04  
Yes , but can you braze a piece and then shove a compression fitting on to it

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Shaun Wallace

02-13-2018 16:44:27

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 Re: 5200 leaking powersteering fluid in reply to Jo-ker, 02-13-2018 15:56:51  
Yes they can be replaced with hyd hose with same style fitting on line farther down. I would not recommend replacing all with hyd hose as steel lines are the cooling system for the oil.

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