Hear goes...drivers side there is a slight oil leak coming frm the steering rack,or so im told.Also there is a rattle of sorts frm that same area when going over bumps. still drives great.and the loss is tiny. but there? i have maps of the steering rack etc,and presume that will have to pull it apart to locate this prob.what is your opinion please, cheers 2001 ford ka
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Re: leaky steering rack?
Over 85% of these leaks are just the pressure switch. it is located on the side of the casting near where the knuckle is, wash your steering and check that switch. if you push the wire clip in then gently pull the elecrtical connection off. then remove / replace the switch. Cheers
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Need to replace a worn out steering rack & flush the Power Steering System Have to install a Return Line Filter after the cooler or you have no warranty on new rack If you change power steering & transmission fluids on all vehicles every 3 years, you avoid expensive repairs,but yours is 18,19 years old, so you got an ongoing restoration project, not a daily driver
Its most likely a seal on the power steering rack by the age it will most likely just be a seal they are about £7 in UK but possible the rack is goosed although I doubt it, please be careful using the car as it can lock the steering in position, and,,,, well you get it.
yeah if you ran it gry before its best to start fresh,replace the rack an pinion its all one piece the part should be any where from 150 to 220 labor ranging from 180 to 300 yout looking at anywhere from 500.00 up
that could be the rack and pinion leaking. as far as the noise goes, it is more than likely the same thing. have your local mechanic check it out because if its the power steering pump its cheaper to fix that than it will be to have the rack replaced.
hi, this is a very common problem that all cars eventually get and it is going to be one of a couple of things. 1. the most common fault is the bottom ball joint. These are easy to replace if you have a ball joint splitter and they are cheap to buy, its best to replace both sides as the other one could go soon after. 2. this is the steering rack ball joint their is a rod with a ball joint on at either end of the steering rack this can be tested easy by jacking the car up so front wheels are off the floor then hold the tyre at either side and then sort of wiggle the wheel left and right slightly and youll feel if this is faulty it will have some loose play if feels solid like the wheels are turning normal then the bottom ball joint is the likey problem.
Hope you understand what im telling you if not give me a shout back and ill be glad to help. Also if you need further assistance then give us a shout. Hopefully you solve your problem. Either fault is cheap to buy as it is a really common problem so this making them cheaper. Main dealers will be more expensive but going to a car spares shop that sells everything will be alot cheaper as they use parts that are not genuine but are just as good. Most garages dont buy parts from main dealers as the cost of parts and repair would be to high for customers and they would lose custom. give us a shout back if you have any problems ok