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Power steeringfluid leaking out of cv boot on rack and pinion

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You need to replace the rack and pinion

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It is possible to rebuild power steering racks but most mechanics have not done it in years and some require special tools to perform the procedure. Industry standard is to replace the power steering rack assembly. If there is a fluid leak in the boot the rack needs to be replaced.

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