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Steering Rack leaking like mad

All of a sudden the powersteering fluid is pouring out on the floor. Obviously a seal blown in the steering racks from all the fluid inside the old worn boot. Is it advisable to purchace a remanufacutred one from carsteering.com for $315 (with a $100 core refund)? How difficult is it to install? Can any mechanic do the job?

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Vw tech 2 to 3 hours a corner gargage 3 /4 hours a hobby mechanic all lot of swearing the pressure and return fittings are touchy not much room and if you cross thread the aluminum rack you will be paying twice,SPECIAL FORMULATED POWER STERRING FLUID MUST BE USED SPECIFIC TO VW AND AUDI not atf or walmart or kmart power steering fuid.

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