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Old 04-29-2020, 05:04 PM
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Hello I'm new to this site I'm a mairine mechanic always looking for ways to educate myself and gain as much knowledge as possible to be successful in this career. I figured this would be a good place to gain some advice.

Today I was doing a PDI on a new 2020 cobalt 220 with a 280 volvo penta motor. While doing a visual inspection looking for any fluid leaks I noticed some wetness around the steering actuator. Remember this is a brand new engine straight from the factory just unwrapped today. Has anyone seen or had this issue before with these volvo steering actuators? I have the same exact problem going on with another cobalt but it is a 2016 model. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.



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Old 04-29-2020, 05:36 PM
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You said some wetness around the steering actuator?
Check the line fittings I have seen them loose
Old 04-29-2020, 05:41 PM
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Not on a brand new actuator. Need to put some clean paper towels under the actuator and steer hard left and right several times to see if you can make it leak from the seal around the shaft. If that's not it, check the hydraulic hoses and fittings, and hope that's it because the actuator is a PITA to service.
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The ps fluid is seeping out of the left side if the cylinder. I would attach the picture but the site won't let me.
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The larger round cylinder. Head of the cylinder on the left side. Not leaking from the fittings or lines.
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It’s a hydroliuc ram and they can certinly leak. Strange to leak with being that new but any shaft imperfection wil take seals out in a hurry.
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If you are referencing the power steering assist they can be a PIA to try and fix with new seals. New ones are rather expensive. Ues they do leak, but not normally until.after you leave the factory at least.
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Originally Posted by Smorrell70 View Post
The larger round cylinder. Head of the cylinder on the left side. Not leaking from the fittings or lines.
2020? I wouldn't be touching it until i contacted Volvo. It's going to be under warranty
Shouldn't be wet at all

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Originally Posted by Smorrell70 View Post
Hello I'm new to this site I'm a mairine mechanic always looking for ways to educate myself and gain as much knowledge as possible to be successful in this career. I figured this would be a good place to gain some advice.

Today I was doing a PDI on a new 2020 cobalt 220 with a 280 volvo penta motor. While doing a visual inspection looking for any fluid leaks I noticed some wetness around the steering actuator. Remember this is a brand new engine straight from the factory just unwrapped today. Has anyone seen or had this issue before with these volvo steering actuators? I have the same exact problem going on with another cobalt but it is a 2016 model. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.



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Yes the plan is to call volvo in the morning. It is definitely under warranty just wanted to get some opinions before I called.
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Just to the left of the "volvo penta" writing is there it's leaking from
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I rebuilt my assembly last year and replaced the plunger rod with one that had a machined aluminum unit designed to do away with the plastic piece that is prone to cracking. But if its leaking from either of the two areas I circled, it is not rebuildable from what the company that sold me to the kit said.
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Originally Posted by Smorrell70 View Post
Just to the left of the "volvo penta" writing is there it's leaking from

I am having the same problem with my actuator. Can you fill me in with the solution that VP gave you? However, mine is not under warranty.

Thanks in advance,

Jon
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Originally Posted by Captjon320 View Post
I am having the same problem with my actuator. Can you fill me in with the solution that VP gave you? However, mine is not under warranty.

Thanks in advance,

Jon
Hi so did u found the seals?
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They don't normally leak there. Probably a defective seal or failure to assemble properly.
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Yes.
i have
and there is no were i can get this .. viton double leap hydraulic wiper seals.
Volvo Patna is not stupid give you for 10 $ a kit.
Whole actuator cost way much 1300$.

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