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The power steering fluid is leaking from the driver's side rubber bellows at the end of the steering rack. I conclude that this is probably a failed seal at that point but in any case it will involve the removal of the rack from the car. Since I have had no previous experience with this model I would prefer to have some idea of what is involved before I start.

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The steering rack seals can not be replaced .
The only solution is to replace the steering rack.

Very common failure.

Good Luck,

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