power steering fluid leaks


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Old 04-13-22, 09:35 AM
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power steering fluid leaks

My 98 Ranger is leaking power steering fluid apparently rather significantly from within the steering rack(s) or whatever these are properly called. I'm guessing a rather involved and/or expensive fix to take care of. Without much further investigation I suppose a seal or seals are shot within. Any suggestions/comments/advice appreciated.



 
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Old 04-13-22, 10:55 AM
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A new rack and pinion cost about $200 for the part Takes 2 to 4 hours to replace. There are some snake oil type stuff that claims to restore seals. Blue Devil has the snake oil. Better to replace I think.
 
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Old 04-13-22, 11:04 AM
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So apparently two rack and pinions needed $400, plus maybe 8 hors shop time. 😒
 
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I think you need to open it up to see if it's a good candidate for rebuilding. If the boot has been torn for a while the rack may have rusted which eats up the seals in which case you'd need a replacement. But if you caught it early you could rebuild it with new seals.
 
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Old 04-13-22, 11:36 AM
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Ill take a good look see if the boot(s) are torn at all. Don't think so but will check closely. Thanks
 
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So apparently two rack and pinions needed $400, plus maybe 8 hors shop time.
No there is only one rack on your vehicle and it shouldn't take more than 3 or 4 hours total in a shop, and that would be a tad much.
 
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Old 04-13-22, 12:32 PM
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Ah thanks Ron53 .
 
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Old 04-13-22, 12:40 PM
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Ill take a good look see if the boot(s) are torn at all.
Yep I checked, and sure enough both have torn spots where the shaft comes out and is exposed from the boot(s).
 
 

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