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The drivers side steering boot is leaking on my 98 dodge stratus.Do i have to replace the whole rack?

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Actually a rebuilt one may make more sense, the seals fail, usually because of excessive movement, and a new seal often fails pretty quick.

Was there any unusual events, like turning with the engine off, sometimes fluid goes where it shouldn't under those conditions....

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