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Power steering fluid leaking. looks like at base of tie rods is there a seal that can be replaced fairly easy.

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  • t_hooyman May 11, 2009

    CAN THIS BE DONE WITHOUT PULLING MOTOR

  • t_hooyman May 11, 2009

    THANK YOU FOR THE INFO. BIG HELP

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The steering rack will need to be replaced to cure this leak, it is caused by a scored steering rack power assist piston bore.

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    yadayada May 11, 2009

    yes it can, but u will need an alignment after u replace the rack.

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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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Power steering fluid leaking 89 buick park avenue


look for loose hoses just tighten down
look for cracked hoses they could be spraying fluid when under pressure.
The rack is sealed with boots on each end where the tie rods come out.
they crack or could be rubbing on something.

Mar 06, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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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.

Jan 24, 2013 | Honda Cars & Trucks

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Loss of power steering


If fluid level is up and pump drive belt is not slipping it could be an early indication of either a pump issue or seals/valving issue in steering sector/steering rack.

If fluid looks like it has a metallic look to it like some paint finishes do- replacement of both units is in order.

If fluid looks clean, just dark and oxidized, look for loose or leaking hoses. Also check for possible mechanical interference with steering, loose colmn to dashboard, loose or binding flex coupling, or loose power steering rack, inner and outer tie rod bind, even ball joints or king pins that might be close to siezing.

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Change the racket pion


To change the rack and pinion on your Monte Carlo you must first jack, or lift the car up off the ground, and remove the front wheels and tires.remove any plastic shrouds that block you from the bottom of the car.then you will need a Tie rod separator they make different types.You remove the tie rods from the front spindles.Trying not to damage the rubber on the tie rod ends that is what holds the grease inside for lubrication.then, if you look at the power steering hoses. these should come directly from the pump.loosen both the pressure, and the return hoses and remove from the rack. you will need a fairly large oil drain pan to catch any leaks that may happen. If you look where the steering shaft comes from the passenger compartment down to the rack. it must be removed from the rack, Note; center the steering wheel before removal of the new rack.Then the rack should have some mounting fasteners holding it to the chassis. when you replace this part,The new rack does not come with the tie rod ends that you had removed earlier from the outer ends of this part at the wheels. the old ones will need to be removed from the old rack and reinstalled back on the new rack.NOTE; to get these tie rod ends fairly close back to the same location,after you break them loose, you count the number of turns to remove these from the old rack. this has to be done to be able to get the front wheels back in close alignment and remember this count. because you replace these on the new rack and the count that you had coming off is the number of turns to put these back on the new rack. and tighten these down good.This rack may have to come out the sideways, or it may have to be got out by removing something that may be blocking removal. just look real close and see if there is a clear area it can come out.When you Install this new rack and pinion you mount the rack and install the hoses refill your power steering pump with fresh fluid. and check for any leaks. and before you install the hoses replace the o rings if there is any to make sure you have a good seal at your connections. then hook up your steering shaft to the new rack and check to see if you are still in alignment( steering wheel)after you hook up the tie rod ends and the new rack is mounted securely. double check your fluid level in the pump.you should get all the air out of the system, by cranking the engine and turn the steering wheel right and left all the way to the lock. ( or the stop) until you dont hear anymore noise from the system. it may take driving a little while before the noise is gone completely . Keep checking your pump fluid level while you are bleeding the air out of the system. and also keep your eyes on the areas where the hoses that you removed and replaced for any leaks that may be a problem.also when you install any fluid lines,always start them with care. make sure not to cross thread these lines. start them with your fingers first. then you should have the car alignment checked at a alignment shop, or a tire store. this is to make sure you have no alignment issues. and for a few days keep your fluid level checked.

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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(

Dec 05, 2010 | 1998 Toyota Sienna

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How to change inner tie rod ends?


if fluid is flowing out the bellows, you need to replace the steering rack assembly. There is no fluid in the area of the inner tie rod. The seal is just before the tie rod.

Steering Gear
The power rack and pinion steering gear is serviced as a power steering short rack (3L547). The front wheel spindle tie rods (3280) and tie rod ends (3A130) are serviced individually. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • The power rack and pinion steering gear incorporates quick connect fittings for the power steering pressure hose (3A719) and power steering return hose (3A713) that allow the lines to swivel. This is normal and does not indicate loose fittings.
  • If the fittings leak, check to make sure they are tightened to 14-20 Nm (10-14 lb-ft). Do not overtighten.
  • If the leak is not corrected, replace the fitting seals.
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Section 11-02: Steering System, Power 1997 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Tie Rod End Steering Gear Installed
Removal
  1. Remove and discard cotter pin and nut from worn tie rod end (3A130).
  1. Disconnect tie rod end from front wheel knuckle (3K185), using Tie Rod End Remover TOOL-3290-D or equivalent.
  1. Hold tie rod end with a wrench and loosen tie rod end jam nut.
  1. Note depth to which tie rod end was located by using the jam nut as a marker. Grip tie rod end with a pair of suitable pliers and remove tie rod end from front wheel spindle tie rod (3280).
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11-02: Steering System, Power 1997 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Steering Gear Removal
  1. Raise vehicle on a twin post hoist and remove wheel and tire assemblies. Refer to Section 00-02 .


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  1. Support vehicle with jackstands under front jack pads.
  1. Remove tie-rod end cotter pins and nuts and remove tie rod ends (3A130) from front wheel knuckle (3K185). Refer to Section 04-01 .
  1. Remove front stabilizer bar (5482). Refer to Section 04-01 .
  1. Disconnect heated oxygen and catalyst monitor sensors.
  1. Support flex pipe.
  1. Remove bolts and disconnect flex pipe from the converter.
  1. Raise dash opening steering column opening weather seal (3513) (secondary) above the steering gear housing (3548).
  1. Remove pinch bolt retaining steering column intermediate shaft coupling (3A525) to power steering gear input shaft and control (3D517) and disconnect the shaft.
  1. Remove nuts from steering gear-to-front subframe retaining bolts. Remove bolts.
  1. Remove rear subframe-to-body retaining bolts.
  1. Lower twin post hoist carefully until rear of subframe (5R003) separates from body, approximately four inches.
  1. Remove heat shield band and fold shield down.
  1. Rotate power rack and pinion steering gear to clear bolts from front subframe (5C145) and pull left to facilitate line fitting removal.
  1. Place a drain pan under vehicle and remove line fittings.
  1. Remove power rack and pinion steering gear through LH wheel well.
  1. Remove and discard the O-rings.
Installation
  1. Install new Teflon® O-rings on line fittings as outlined.
  1. Place steering gear retaining bolts in steering gear housing.
  1. Install power rack and pinion steering gear through LH wheel well.
  1. Install power steering line fittings to power rack and pinion steering gear.
  1. Position power rack and pinion steering gear into front subframe.
  1. Install ******** heat shield.
  1. Install tie-rod ends to front wheel knuckle. Install nuts and new cotter pins. Refer to Section 04-01 .
  1. Install LH front stabilizer bar. Refer to Section 04-01 .
  1. Install steering gear to subframe mounting nuts. Tighten to 115-135 Nm (85-99 lb-ft).
  1. Raise hoist until rear subframe contacts body.
  1. Install rear subframe to body retaining bolts. Tighten to 113-153 Nm (83-112 lb-ft).
  1. Install exhaust system flex tube to dual converter Y pipe (5F250) and remove flex tube support.
  1. Connect heated oxygen and catalyst monitor sensors.
  1. Install tire and wheel assemblies. Tighten lug nuts (1012) to 115-142 Nm (85-104 lb-ft).
  1. Using a new pinch bolt, install the steering column intermediate shaft coupling on the power steering gear input shaft and control and the lower steering column shaft. Tighten the pinch bolt to 34-46 Nm (25-33 lb-ft).
  1. Position steering column opening weather seal (secondary) over the steering gear housing. Tighten nuts to 4.5-6.3 Nm (40-55 lb-in).
  1. Remove jackstands and lower vehicle.
  1. Fill power steering oil reservoir (3A697) with Premium Power Steering Fluid E6AZ-19582-AA or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESW-M2C33-F. Refer to Section 11-00 .
  1. Check system for leaks and proper operation.

Apr 15, 2009 | 1997 Ford Windstar

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Power steering leak --a lot


Three areas of concern. A leaking steering rack: By looking under the car, look for the rods which tie the left and right wheels together in the center. By turning the steering wheel fully to the left or right, you can look behind the front wheels 1/2 way down and you will see the rod I am referring to. Following the rod to it source of attachment, it will have a rubber bellows type cover surrounding is as it gets near the center of the car. If the rubber is torn and has oily residue, that is where you are loosing your power steering fluid. It is a leaking power steering rack. A fairly expensive repair, best left to a professional. Buying a used one is a real crapshoot because they are very prone to failure as they get older.
2. The high pressure hoses will leak on these cars. It is difficult to see these without putting the car on a lift because the pump is on the firewall side of the engine. If you notice the fluid dripping near the pump, it is a higher probability than not that it is the high pressure hose than the pump. Also look at the return hose coming from the reservoir, Sometimes the clamps aren't that tight and it will cause a leak, but your description sounds like a leak under pressure.

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