Power steering fluid fell in engine bay
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    Power steering fluid fell in engine bay

    Hey guys,

    I just did a power steering fluid and reservoir change on my odyssey. When i was unhooking the lines, Power steering fluid all over my chassis and body in the engine bay (yes there was a catch pan, but got messy some how) Thank God it didnt pour on the belts, lol

    Can i use brake cleaner to clean it off? If not what can i use to clean it off.

    I have the CRC Brakleen chlorine-free cleaner.

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    This brake cleaner (and most others) is not compatible with rubber, so I would skip that.

    How about an engine cleaner, such as Gunk? http://www.autozone.com/fuel-and-eng...er/254732_0_0/

    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by davedrivesody View Post
    This brake cleaner (and most others) is not compatible with rubber, so I would skip that.

    How about an engine cleaner, such as Gunk? http://www.autozone.com/fuel-and-eng...er/254732_0_0/

    Dave
    If i use that, do i have to rinse it off with water? i really dont want to use water in the engine bay

    Thanks

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    Yes, you would rinse it off with water.

    Are you concerned about water messing up an electrical connection? If so, it's a valid concern. Definitely don't use a pressure washer. Also, don't use a nozzle. Just a gentle stream.

    I assume the spilled PS fluid is mostly around the frame and lower engine bay area? There's less risk down there than higher up.

    Dave
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    141,000 miles/227,000 kilometres; original transmission; Amsoil MV ATF since 79,000 miles/127,000 kilometres; Magnefine aux ATF filter; Honda aux ATF cooler; 18 drain and fills

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    Quote Originally Posted by davedrivesody View Post
    Yes, you would rinse it off with water.

    Are you concerned about water messing up an electrical connection? If so, it's a valid concern. Definitely don't use a pressure washer. Also, don't use a nozzle. Just a gentle stream.

    I assume the spilled PS fluid is mostly around the frame and lower engine bay area? There's less risk down there than higher up.

    Dave

    Ill try to wipe up as much of oil i can reach, then next time when get the van serviced tell them to clean the rest. Will the spilled fluid eat the paint or cause problems?

    Thanks

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    PS fluid is an oil and so it's not immediately corrosive to paint, unlike brake fluid or antifreeze. Over time it may soften the paint though.

    Maybe spray it with Simple Green? That will dissolve the PS fluid then what's left will eventually dry up.

    Dave
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    141,000 miles/227,000 kilometres; original transmission; Amsoil MV ATF since 79,000 miles/127,000 kilometres; Magnefine aux ATF filter; Honda aux ATF cooler; 18 drain and fills

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    power steering fluid is flammable so definitely watch out for that. I've also noticed that it eats up pulleys so get it clean asap. I had a small leak and it ruined my pulleys.
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    If someone is looking for a cap to put on the power steering reservoir when doing the flush, (and not spill fluid all over your engine bay lol) i made a video with stuff you should have laying around the garage


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    Good idea. Luckily I saved the caps from the external AT cooler install. It came with caps on the 3/8 bibs. I saved those and just happen to come handy for the PS fluid reservoir. Unintentional benefit, now another useful tool.
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