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I just had my transmission replaced in a 2001 Elcipse. Its been about a month and now Im leaking power steering fluid from my power steering rack. Does this assembly attach to the transmission at all? Im curious if replacment had effect on this.

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There is no connection between the rack and the transmission of any kind, that is not to say it wasn't damaged during the repair though.

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Sounds like a separate problem

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