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Powerstearing leaking oil

My 1990 toyota 4 runner leaking oil by the stearing gear box .the next thing when i apply break it pull to the left or to the right .and it have a wabbleing in the frunt end.one more thing some one sit in the rear seat complain that the swing when i am going aruund a corner .but i donot feel it in the stearing .what could be the problem.

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It sounds like your rack and pinion is bad, causing it to have what mechanics commonly call "rack slap" or play in the rack and pinion internaly. This would also explain the fluid loss, as when they go bad they often leak. Also would explain the wobble in the frontend. What you do is jack up the frontend with both front wheels off the ground and shake your tires left and right, and look at the inner tie rods, and the rubber accordian like boots that go over the inner tie rod to the rack. If they are wet with oil, and leaking all around the boot, you need a new rack and pinion.
Hope this helps!

Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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Have the steering gearbox checked.  If fluid loss was severe.  Wear in steering box causes excessive play in steering controls.  Take on one concern at a time.  They do not seem to be related

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