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Old 08-10-2005, 19:01   #1 (permalink)
mmmgall
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99 Windstar power steering rack & pinion

I just solve one problem and boom... another one to solve. Power steering
goes out and I look under van and there is fluid coming out of the boot on
the drivers side shaft from the power steering rack and pinion unit. Do I
have to change the whole power steering unit (279&) plus lots of hard
filthy under car work? Or is there suppossed to be power steering fluid
inside the boot and I just have to replace the boot? I'm inclined to
think there shouldn't be power steering fluid inside the boot but there is
a connector tube from one boot to another on the top side.

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Old 08-10-2005, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Windstar power steering rack & pinion

"mmmgall" <mmmgall@netscape.net> wrote in
news:e848cb5aa73d2426fc5c9af77013b717@localhost.talkaboutautos.com:

> I just solve one problem and boom... another one to solve. Power
> steering goes out and I look under van and there is fluid coming out
> of the boot on the drivers side shaft from the power steering rack and
> pinion unit. Do I have to change the whole power steering unit (279&)
> plus lots of hard filthy under car work? Or is there suppossed to be
> power steering fluid inside the boot and I just have to replace the
> boot? I'm inclined to think there shouldn't be power steering fluid
> inside the boot but there is a connector tube from one boot to another
> on the top side.
>


Sorry.. that tube from one side to the other is for air, to avoid
ballooning either boot. should be no fluid in boot
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Old 08-10-2005, 21:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Windstar power steering rack & pinion

Thanks for the reply. Guess I crawl under the car and start with the tire
rod/subframe/stabilizer bar dissassembly! I guess it'll give me a chance
to replace the VSS that I couldn't get access to before. I'll still have
transmission problems to solve after all this!!

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