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Old 04-09-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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Rack Steering Question......

I drove through an area with some shattered Bamboo and a piece struck and punctured my steering boot on the rack. Sadly, this is now allowing power steering fluid to leak out and I am forced to continue to refill it every couple of days...as well, I cannot park in the driveway due to the staining.

My questions are these:.....

Can the boot be replaced easily or should the entire rack get replaced??
Is this something I should do myself or take it to be done?

Any assistance woud be greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 04-10-2011, 03:18 AM   #2
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It's leaking P/S fluid from the rack??

If so, time for a new P/S Rack.
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:32 PM   #3
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Yes, its leaking from a small hole in the boot caused from a piece of wood/bamboo I hit somewhere along the road.

I checked with a shop here and they say the book can be replaced....somewhere in the area of $110 for parts and labor. I really just wanted to do it myself (if possible) but I might still need to get an alignment when through.

If the rack does need to be replaced, is that a fairly easy job? What does a rack cost?
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Old 04-10-2011, 03:35 PM   #4
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That is just a dust boot. If there is fluid inside, the rack is leaking.
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That is just a dust boot. If there is fluid inside, the rack is leaking.
Yuppers.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:57 AM   #7
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Both of my dust cover boots are torn. I just ordered replacements and the guy at Advanced auto said that there should be a grease pack included.

Anybody have a write up on replacing the boots?

Thanks!
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No. But here you can download the factory service manual and see what all is involved: http://ncttora.com/fsm/index.html
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the boot is not a seal for stering fluid it just for dust so the problem in not that the boot is broken their is a seal broken inside the boot and that my friend is a job for the shop and a new rack will be way grater than that.
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HAHAHA... They no comprende.

If your rack boots are leaking fluid you have a bigger problem then leaking boots... As in the power steering rack is leaking into the boots... which means a new rack is needed.

please someone else say in a diffrent way one more time
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:15 PM   #11
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what are 96-04 5 lug racks going for ? im in need of a new one.
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looked one up on kragens site cheapest is 310. id check out a mini truck salvage yard
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i rplaced my rack on my 05+ mini and it was 150ish on ebay from an online wrecking yard.......... i did the install my self wasnt to hard. getting the steering straight was the hardest part
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Dude at advance is trying to sell you cv joint boots. There is no grease in a steering rack boot.
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