Possible electric power steering leak?

BRVOL

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I did my first oil change at 1,000 miles. When the tech removed the skid plate there was a very small amount of an unknown fluid collected in the plate. He had me come back and look at it before he drained the oil. I observed a light amount of fluid on the bottom of the electric power steering pump. I do not know that much about electric steering pumps but was told it was a sealed unit and you can't add fluid to them. They wiped the fluid off the electric pump and inside the skid plate and continued with the oil change. They told me I would have to make an appointment to have it checked by a higher level technician. I was not too concerned with it and continued driving it and took it in on November 5th to be checked. Everything was dry and there was no further evidence of any fluid. The technician believed they may have spilled a small about of some fluid when filling it up at the factory and failed to clean it all up.

I wanted to put this info out there in case anyone else has this issue. I am currently at about 4,000 miles and no leak of any kind. I feel it was just a spill from the factory like the tech stated.
 

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I did my first oil change at 1,000 miles. When the tech removed the skid plate there was a very small amount of an unknown fluid collected in the plate. He had me come back and look at it before he drained the oil. I observed a light amount of fluid on the bottom of the electric power steering pump. I do not know that much about electric steering pumps but was told it was a sealed unit and you can't add fluid to them. They wiped the fluid off the electric pump and inside the skid plate and continued with the oil change. They told me I would have to make an appointment to have it checked by a higher level technician. I was not too concerned with it and continued driving it and took it in on November 5th to be checked. Everything was dry and there was no further evidence of any fluid. The technician believed they may have spilled a small about of some fluid when filling it up at the factory and failed to clean it all up.

I wanted to put this info out there in case anyone else has this issue. I am currently at about 4,000 miles and no leak of any kind. I feel it was just a spill from the factory like the tech stated.
Thank you for posting, I hope to change the oil for the 1st time soon, I'll be checking using a white paper towel.
 

szabo_martin

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Is the oil pan on these plastic? I saw the Raptor on the lift video with the skid plate removed and it looked like plastic
 
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Is the oil pan on these plastic? I saw the Raptor on the lift video with the skid plate removed and it looked like plastic
I am pretty sure it is. It looked like plastic.
 

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