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Safe to drive 300d without power steering fluid?

My 1975 300d has a severe power steering leak, it wont hold it long enough to get anywhere. Is it alright to drive it without the fluid?
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Safe? I sure wouldn't. No oil could lead to a few things (seized pump etc..) which could cause other issues. If you wanted to remove the belt and run the car, that would be better, but still not desirable.

How is it leaking that bad? Is it a ruptured hose?
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I think you're fine if you just cut or remove the belt to the PS pump so long as it doesn't run anything else on your car. Just try to get it sorted sooner than later so the seals don't dry out but then again you may have it rebuilt when you address your leak anyway. Your steering will feel heavier of course, and be fairly difficult when moving slowly or parking, but I once disconnected the PS system on an old Jaguar altogether intentionally to improve steering feel.

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If you run the pump dry you will destroy it in short order, and possibly risk damage elsewhere when the pump seizes.

As previously recommended, remove the belt and drive it to wherever you need to go.

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