Deep down, I'm hoping it it just bad inners and I can fix that pretty easily. They are not cheap and neither is the labor. Some racks will leak slowly for a long time and may never get bad enough to swap for a new one but it is not worth taking the chance. It may not leak but maybe a pint every month. If there are no visible leaks, then the problem will be worn bearings in the pump itself. Think suspend engine, drop subframe, remove sway bar, wrestle with rusty lines, contort wrists to free the steering column from the rack, stuff like that.
But if the rack's coming out anyway, I'm sure you're willing to assume a little risk. I may need to do this to mine, I have seepage on the right side, there is signs of fluid in the boot. I figure if I can get the car for small bucks it'll get fixed one way or another. If it keeps leaking and you let it get low you can also cause the power steering pump to start leaking. . Small bucks could make this a very attractive car.
I'm sort of waiting to hear from the seller and will talk to my indi should the deal go through. From the looks of it, if it were me doing the job, probably two days. Now I am curious if this can be done for the other side I understand you don't have leak on driver's side , is there some obstruction on the other side? Are these thing resealable on the car or does the rack need to come off for that? Car's got 156000 miles on it and my 98 has 183000 with little problems. My indi has been pretty good to me so I'd like to have him do this job if it's possible for him to find time. Or you can drive around for that length of time until it says code and you will input the correct code and you radio will work.
Posted on May 02, 2009 This is a rack and pinion leak which is for the steering. I did this on a long trip. Once that has occured, you can put in your code and it will work. The only thing you can do is change the complete rack component to stop the leak. It is still the weakest link at the steering system. This will cause major steering failure! Made an offer, I'll see what happens.
Sealing goop here wouldn't be a problem. Now I am curious if this can be done for the other side I understand you don't have leak on driver's side , is there some obstruction on the other side? But if you keep a close eye on it and cant afford to change it you can save the system by keeping fluid in it. However, that probably isn't great for our racks's sealing ability. I found the answer re: Passenger side vs Driver side seal. Metalpoet Jul 29, 2011 Your noise is either from old age of the pump or you have an air leak in the system somewhere.
Maybe you have a picture of the front side of it? Truth be known, even the steering rack itself wouldn't be an issue if it were a little warmer. . . . . .
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