Question about 1998 Subaru Forester
My 4/98 Foester is leaking oil from the steering rack,I have sourced a replacement but need images and instrctions to remove the old and install the new rack.
If possible a link to downloadable images would be appreciated ?
I found that there wasn't any problrm with the existing Steering, it was a leaking "oil union" near the steering column.
It would appear that the union had not been tightened on the assembly line.
The union appears to have loosened over time (93000klms) and was just finger tight.
I was going to have the Steering Rack replaced by a mechanic.
The question arises as to whether the mechanic would have noticed the above, and just retightened the union, or gone ahead and replaced the rack ?
Posted on Nov 27, 2008
SOURCE: power steering rack leaking
If it's coming from the rack, check the rubber boots from the rack to the inner tie rods, and if they are soaked with fluid, you will need a new rack, or keep adding fluid to the pump as needed.
Hope this helps!
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
if you have a leak from the back of the rack your sector shaft seal is defective. to replace it you need to remove the rack and do it on the bench.remove the locking nut and pull the seal from inside.if you are a rooky replace the rack with a rebuild one. good luck.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
all the boot does is keep dirt from getting to the lip seal if its leaking youl atleast need to replace seal and boot i think on that model youl need a specialty inner tie rod tool to remove before you can get the seal out. if it was me i believe id replace the whole rack if you plan on keeping the rig long hope this helps please rate me thanks
Posted on Mar 22, 2009
when it comes to the power steering hose I would say just do it yourself. As for the rack and pinion it will probably cost you quite a few hours of labor. anywhere from 5-9. Its up to you!
Posted on Oct 19, 2009
I really wouldn't push it more than 3 months or especially if climate change once the leak stop has stopped the leak it doesn't like temp change. but i've done radiator stop leak from Lucas and went 6 months before the leak appeared again. good luck
Posted on Apr 20, 2010
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