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Is the boot on the end of the power steering rack responsible for keeping the fluids in or is a seal gone bad

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Boots keep out dirt, not keep oil in

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SOURCE: Rear Main Seal leak on 1996 toyota camry, 6 cyl sedan automomatic

Rear main crank seals are very difficult and time consuming to replace. The seal doesn't cost that much - it is the labor/tiime it takes because --- you've got to take the whole car apart --- that is both
front CV joints have to come out -- then the tranny has to come out - I have a 1996 Camry and it has an irritating rear main seal at 147,000 miles and I have not had it fixed because the shops tell me it will cost around $650 to $800 for them to do it --- $1200 is pretty excessive for that job!

Your power rack and steering is not so hard -- most shops in this area would charge $650 max for that job including the price of the new rack and pinion. Pretty easy job -- half the cost is labor - the other is for parts.

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I have a power steering leak on my 1998 Toyota Camry.  I have been using over the counter stop leaking fluids, but it has not helped.  It leaks more during the cold weather as oppose to hot weather. Deme 

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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

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SOURCE: how do i bleed my power steering rack on subaru legacy rs turbo

A power steering dosent need bleeding. If you replaced it a week ago and was fine until now then it's not an air problem. Power steering fluid is pumped through the system even when the steering is not being used. Definatly not an airlock problem. Cheer's

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SOURCE: severe leak in rack and pinion-dumping steering fluid

Have you ruled out a leaking hose or hose connection? If so, to replace a rack system on most cars is an expensive repair. The labor rate can be from 70-125 an hour depending on the shops rate, then this is calculated to the over-all time they say will take to complete the job, usually 2.5 hours possibly a little longer and the rack system is about $185.00 -200.00 dollars.

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I keep bursting rack & pinion boots, does that mean my power steering pump is bad


no, if you have power steering fluid leaking into the boot it means your power steering piston/rod/cylinder has leaking seals.
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Usually , but in some cases the internal rack seals may fail causing the fluid to fill the inner tie rod boots without leaking on the ground, and after a while, the boots cant hold the fluid anymore and the fluid would then dump out the boot ends.

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Not if it's the rack and pinion steering gear that is leaking. If those seals are gone, you would need a new or reconditioned rack and pinion. This is not a job for the average do it yourselfer, it is pretty involved.
To check the rack for leaks, you have to get under the car. Don't trust a jack to hold it up-use blocks or jackstands. Behind the engine on a cross mount, the rack will have tie rods coming out each end to the wheels. Peel back the rubber protective boots on the rack gear where the tie rods exit. If the rack is leaking, fluid will be evident under the boots, or maybe on only one end, but if that is your leak, you will need to replace it.

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Is it possible for power steering fluid to get into the engine and mix with the oil? I am loosing fluid and there are no visible leaks, the engine oil and filter was recently changed and now has turne


No, the power steering is entirely a separate and sealed system, wholly external to the engine. The power steering pump pushes the fluid through a high pressure hose into the rack and pinion-the steering gear mounted below and behind the engine-and holds pressure within the rack that enables power assisted steering. At the same end where the power steering fluid hose enters the gear will be a fitting for a return line back to the fluid reservoir. These two hoses are usually routed close together at least part of the way, some may even be held together with brackets. Leaks could develop at the pump, the fluid reservoir, or the two hoses to and from the rack and pinion, or the seals inside the rack and pinion may have failed. You should be able to find the leak-it will only leak to the outside-to check the rack and pinion for leaks, right where your tie rods come out of the gear and go to the wheels for steering, will be a small rubber boot encasing the tie rod and the end of the rack assembly-on both ends is a boot and a tie rod-peel back the rubber boot from the gear ass\'y, it should be dry. If a lot of fluid, the seals in the rack and pinion are gone. It will have to be replaced.
Hopefully you will find a leaking hose or fractured reservoir, but keep looking, air flow may be blowing the leaking fluid back and under the car. Good luck, hope it\'s not the rack and pinion.

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There is a leak of power steering fluid from the boot on the steering rack, believe the boot has a rubber clip that the pipe feeds into thats now missing, can it be repaired without replacing the whole...


Heres the problem the boot is to protect the shaft from dirt, the pipe is to bleed air out, if theres power steering fluid leaking out then the steering rack is bad and needs replacing. the seal on the side of the leak is bad and replacing is the result, by replacing the boot or reclamping it is only going to hold all the leaking oil inside and you will see you will be added power steering fluid. good luck. hope this is helpful.

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There is power steering fluid dripping from the passenger side boot covering the rod that connects to the wheel. Could a simple replacement of the boot be the fix, or is there a problem with the main unit...


No, the boot only keeps dust out of the inner tie rod joint--it is not intended to hold back fluid. The rack will have to be rebuilt with new seals. Sorry. :o(

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Power steering fluid leaking out


yes that is possible, and no the fluid is not supposed to be in those boots. the part you are talking about is your steering rack- if fluid is comming out of the boots, that means the seals in the rack are damaged. they are not servicable, the rack must be replaced.hope this helps and good luck

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Look at the steering rack on the side of the car that you think the leak is, look for the steering rack boot or gaiter, it looks like a black circular accordian type thing.
If this is bulging and leaking fluid the seal in the end of the rack is gone, this is one of the most common faults of leaking fluid and at the rate you are losing fluid, the leak is on the pressurised side of the system after the pump (the seal at the end of the rack)

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