You pic did not post. Anyway, the power steering oil is the same as auto trans oil, it will be red and not as thick as engine oil, this darker oil will be engine oil, I would have the under side of the engine and suspension washed down and then re inspect for any fresh leaks in a few days, start here.
December, 3, 2009 AT 9:14 PM
Thanks mark for that, here, (hopefully) is the pic of the driver's side (RH) rack to the concertina.
NOTE on the pic, there is NO sign of redness in the oil, just BLACK.
Should some redness come through if the DOT 3 is leaking?
This is important I think. This is a very expensive call.
Uploading pic seemed to be a problem with Firefox 3.5.5 compatibility.
December, 3, 2009 AT 9:24 PM
I would be confident that this is engine oil leaking from higher up, the wash down and re check should show this, if in doubt go get a second opinion from a different mechanic, we have be advised not to use fire fox to access this site as there are just to many problems,
let me know how you get on.
December, 3, 2009 AT 9:48 PM
Yes, I'll get a 2nd opinion now.
Just in general though, is the red tint in DOT 3 power steering and transmission fluid a form of tracer (or can be used as such)?
I.E. Does the red get through to the eye if there is a leak from the steering or transmission, as opposed to the clear black from engine oil?
December, 3, 2009 AT 10:01 PM
Hi thee, the colour of the oil is a fast colour, I do presume it is dyed red for identification purposes, I am unsure as to why they make it red, I may have some thing to do with the properties that transmission oils have over general engine oils, engine oils turn black due to the greater amount of carbon residue deposited in the engine from the fuels used, remember as well transmission oil is more of a hydraulic high pressure oil and engine oil is a low pressure lubricant.
December, 3, 2009 AT 10:15 PM
Sounds like a high pressure steering / transmission leak might SPURT rather than just gently ooze slowly over months.