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Lds Fluid Leak At Tyre Shop


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#1 Nightsmith

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 11:25 AM

Hi,

Took my car in for a couple of front tyres this morning and my 2008 2.2Diesel VTR+ haemorrhaged a load of LDS fluid all over the floor while the car was on the jack. Clearly the suspension hadn't been raised nor the cap opened.
The reservoir has now been topped up but it's a real mess in the engine bay, so I can't see if there is still any seeping out. Is it possible that there is an overflow of some kind or am I likely to be looking at a blown seal or hose, or maybe even a cracked tank?

Any ideas?

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#2 paul.h

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 01:37 PM

When this has been mentioned on here before, the tank has split but you could check to see if a hose at the bottom of the tank has blown off. Has the tyre place said they will pay for the damage since it is their negligence for not knowing about your car and the need to raise the suspension and slacken the tank cap ?



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Posted 23 September 2018 - 08:04 AM

Hi Paul. They paid for a couple of litres of LDS which I had to sit around and wait for with two very bored kids. About 2 hours later the fluid had arrived. I have been keeping an eye on the fluid level and it doesn't seem to have dropped since. I haven't checked yet this morning, but fingers crossed.
I'm really hoping there is no damage (although I can't see it with so much fluid leaking out) but if there is any, they absolutely will be paying for it one way or another.
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Posted 23 September 2018 - 01:08 PM

When you come to check the LDS fluid level, drop the suspension to minimum height and then switch the engine off. Then slowly slacken the LDS tank cap and there should be a release of air pressure. The fluid should be just at the bottom of the tank neck strainer. If there is no pressure then it is probably a sign of a leak. I think the total volume of LDS fluid is about 5 litres.



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Posted 23 September 2018 - 09:26 PM

I did as suggested and there was indeed pressure. Also plenty of fluid bubbled out of the lid under pressure. So it seems the presence of pressure is a good sign but the fluid overflowing suggests they put too much in the tank.
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