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Must add power steering fluid every two days.

Rack pinion covers torn and some parts of it are missing. Can I or non professional replace rack pinion cover and will this fix my problem?

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Yes you can replace the steering rack rubber boots OK.

But if you are loosing fluid, it sounds like the internal seals are leaking, allowing the fluid to fill up these boots, and subsequently bursting them, so you will be back to square one.

Better to fit an exchange steering rack !

Good luck !

A FixYa rating would be Nice !......... Thanks.....John.

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