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Old 05-03-2002, 19:49   #1 (permalink)
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Power Steer Leak

Got a leak on the power steering rack, comen from the drivers side boot. Used to be just a slow leak now its pouring out, I'm suspecting it's just a seal of some sort or something. Anyone got any ideas as to what it is and rough prices to get it fixed, or if it's an easy fix, I'm mechanically minded and all and have most tools or can get a hold of them. I just dont have much money at all at the moment and can't really afford to take it somewhere to get it fixed.

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Old 05-03-2002, 19:53   #2 (permalink)
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Pardon my amateurish guess, but the first thing I'd check is the steering switch. This is a very common problem.
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Nah it's not the switch, I checked that out first thing as soon as I saw the puddle on the ground. It's dripping off the bottom of the boot on the end of the rack.

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I got 2 quotes today, one for around $400 ($350 plus labour) and another at brigestone $450 complete. What both said is that I'm better off getting a replacement rack which is completely rebuilt with all new seals and everything rather than just changing the seals on the rack cos 3 months later the rack might go. Either way is this a reasonable amount to pay for this? I was thinking that if I can just get a re-coed rack I'll just change it myself, but then there's no warranty where as with both I'd get 2 years

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i got my power steering rack replaced last week, cost a bit over $400, it has made my steering alot harder.
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those prices are about right....i got it done for 350 cos I know people....for the EB that is

I replaced mine with a ED rack.....cost 50 bucks and i've heard the ED has a different design that the earlier ones....dont have the seals or some shit that the earlier ones did......ie dont wear out like the old ones :)

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Old 05-07-2002, 19:11   #7 (permalink)
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Thats not a bad price.I would get a reco unit or have your own unit rebuilt as doing the repairs yourself can be a pain in the ass.Special tools are needed and to get to the seal that is probably leaking you must detroy good parts. So it better off left to the pros for this one and you get a warranty as well.

There have been known cases of P/S steering switchs leaking that bad that it pushes the fluid up the wires and leaks onto your foot inside your car.

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Old 05-07-2002, 22:45   #8 (permalink)
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you say it's dripping off the boot - that's where the fluid will run if the switch seal is bad. try removing it and wrapping in plumbers' teflon tape. This may do it and will save $398 or so.

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With my experience Most of the switchs leak through the centre of the switch so all the thread tape in the world is not going to help infortunatly.

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Old 05-09-2002, 05:42   #10 (permalink)
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leak?

pop the boot off if theres oil inside then no doubt its the seal!
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