Power steering rack leak

David Pertuz d.pertuz at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 09:52:31 EST 2018

Thanks, Geo. How long did it take you? I don't doubt that it's a bit of
Tetris to get it in and out. But reading the directions in the FSM on
rebuilding the rack remind me why we have places where you can just buy a
good rebuilt rack. Anyone remember the name of the place that's
particularly known for good racks for cars like ours? The name is escaping


On Sun, Nov 4, 2018 at 6:50 PM George Roffe <groffe at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've R&R'd the rack twice with the engine in place.  It can be done, but
> it's VERY frustrating.  It's like a "Chinese puzzle).  Worked on getting it
> in for hours and both times thinking something was wrong and it wasn't
> going to go.  Then, something turned just right and slid right in.  You
> have to keep turning it to find the right spot.
> Geo
> On Sun, Nov 4, 2018 at 6:28 PM David Pertuz <d.pertuz at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Got the car up on stands today to do a bucnch of pre-winter maintenance.
>> I've got a serious PS leak and I did notice recently that the RHs boot on
>> the rack is torn. I had my girlfriend operate the steering with the engine
>> running while I looked through the wheel well, and saw that oil coming out
>> of the torn boot seemed to be the primary leak source. (It also appears o
>> be leaking from the hose fitting at the bottom of the pump, suggesting I
>> need to replace or rebuild the pump) Knowing how racks are constructed, I
>> am almost certain there should be no oil at all where the boot is, and the
>> fact that there is means that one of my rack oil seals is bad and the oil
>> is getting past it. This means I need a rack rebuild, which means either
>> wrestling that thing out of the car with the engine in place, or dropping
>> the engine and doing a bunch of other stuff too. Anyone replaced a rack
>> with the engine in? Anything I'm missing? I'd love to just out new boots
>> on, but I don't think that's going to address my problem.
>> David
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