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Ford ka steering went very heavy have checked under car and found drivers side rack boot cover has torn is this the problem? Have refilled fluid but when engine running fluid just leaks out of boot cover.

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A seal in the rack has failed, or been damaged. The rack might be able to be rekitted. Otherwise you will need to replace the rack.

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You has a leak on the high or low pressure return hose.

The high pressure line is machine press on and it heavy duty. (it's between power steering pump and rack)

The low pressure line is thinner.
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Yes you can replace the steering rack rubber boots OK.

But if you are loosing fluid, it sounds like the internal seals are leaking, allowing the fluid to fill up these boots, and subsequently bursting them, so you will be back to square one.

Better to fit an exchange steering rack !

Good luck !

A FixYa rating would be Nice !......... Thanks.....John.

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