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My grand am is leaking power steering fluid it doesnt look like its coming from the hoses what is a rack and pinion and where do i find it

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  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    2 port or 3 port rack & pinion

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    My car is needing a new power steering pump. By getting a new pump, will this mess up the rack and pinion by having so much power?

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Rack and pinion is a type of steering system~ running between your two front tires is a black metal 'axle' shaped part that ends in two tie rod ends and is connected to your steering shaft on the back. It has a pleated rubber boot on either side and cast metal lines along the front of it. If you look under from the front it should be one of the first things you see .
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The rack and pinion the located between the two wheels and is also called the steering gear

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