Re: parts store guy worried me about steering leak
It's clearly leaking at the boots, at least on the drivers side. I saw it come out of there myself! Also, a shop and a friend said it's the boot where it is coming from, which means the seal there is leaking. Nobody has suggested repairing the seal, all say replace the rack.
Ford's price is actually cheaper than a local mechanic and one of those "car care" chains we have here (goodyear or firestone). It is $685 complete with alignment and including tax. There is a one year part and labor warranty on it.
I'm thinking of doing it. I just wish I knew the stall problem that showed on 2 days, 2 weeks apart, is cured by the IAC, which I just completed! I dread spending $$ on the steering, then more trouble comes along. FORD didn't find anything to suggest for the stall other than the IAC, so maybe I'm clear...
I was going to let it go a while longer, but don't know if I properly understand the risks or likelihood of the seal completely blowing while he is turning...
THanks for all your help!