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Power steering leak.

I have an 03 Ford Windstar that is dumping power steering fluid. I have crawled under looking for the leak and found that the return line out of the rack and pinion is very loose. I can move it quite easily. I understand there is a seal on the end of the hose that needs replacing. My question is can this be accomplished without removing the Rack and pinion.

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If you can get your hands up in there you should be able to depending on your clearence

Posted on Nov 22, 2014

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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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well its sounds like the rack is leaking or the p/s hoses to it. you'll need to locate the part leaking and replace it

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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SOURCE: leaking hose in between power steering pump and rack and pinion

I agree with snowboard. Another name for the line wrench is "tubing wrench". It looks like a common boxed end wrench with six "points" or places of contact inside the boxed end but has a slot cut in it so it will slip over the metal tube part of the hose. Using this type of wrench you are less likely to "round off" the shoulders of the tubing nut. You won't be able to have the hose fixed. Well, you CAN, but it's much cheaper to buy a new one. I believe they're around $20.00 or so.
If the nut is recessed or some sort of wierd shape, try going to the dealership and talking to a mechanic. I've talked them into renting me a specialized tool. Some of the larger auto part supply stores also rent tools for a small fee. I think what you will need is the tubing wrench. Spend a few extra dollars and replace both hoses while you are getting greasy. That way you won't have to bother with it again for quite a while.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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SOURCE: leaking excessive amounts of power steering fluid

you Could find a new or rebuilt rack for two or three hundred bucks plus about two hours of labor. Then you will need to have a wheel alignment. So around $500-$600 total. Good Luck.


Posted on Apr 16, 2010

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SOURCE: How difficult is it to replace the Rack and Pinion

It's a pretty extensive job and requires specialty tools... I'd have a local shop replace it for you to be honest.

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