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Old 08-22-2011, 09:04 PM
weigojmi weigojmi is offline
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Default Power steering rack leak

I've been noticing random but infrequent noise while steering and my mechanic told me today I had a leaky power steering rack and it needs to be replaced. Also, that my car would not pass inspection with the leak.

I've not noticed any drop in the PS fluid level nor any fluid on the ground (will begin closer inspection) so could it be leaking from internally somewhere?

Is there a stop leak additive I could try before shelling out $500+?

And what about the not passing inspection deal?

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Old 08-22-2011, 10:10 PM
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before you put any stop leak in, make sure it is leaking,
also I am not sure, but the stop leak I imagine could also damage the power steering pump by clogging, but just guessing there

the only reason I could see for failing inspection could be loose tie rods at the end of the rack(attached to a new rack) if I rember right
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:01 PM
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pretty common for them to leak out the end seals into the bellows boots. I wouldn't use stop leak, usually causes more problems than it fixes.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:57 PM
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Default Prevention !!!

When I buy all my new vehicles I within a year siphon out the factory power steering fluid an replace with stop leak fluid . There are plenty of major brands out there . I use Prestone stop leak . I now never have any problems with leaks .
Corvettes made me do it as there is a lot of heat in a small area that kills rack & pinon seals soon !! My Thoughts Bud
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