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Old 03-30-2021, 05:29 PM #1
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Steering Rack Leak at Bushing??

This is a photo of my main steering rack bushing. It seems to have a slow leak - a few drops on the ground over night. The location is interesting. I have heard these usually leak from the boots - this seems to by dripping right off the bushing/bushing bracket. I looked at it today (when fixing a coolant leak at tstat) and I could find anything driving from above. Has anyone seen a leak from this location before? Obviously I leave the bushing get really bad, so I'm wonder is the combo of rust and a beat bushing pit a hole in the rack. I didn't remove the bushing because I didn't have the time, and didn't want to leave my truck where it was parked in case I made it worse.

*Note the general wetness on the rack and everywhere is from fluid film I sprayed on it in the fall. The boots and the power steering line fitting looked dry.
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I got a used rack from the wreckers that had a leak exactly like that, pinhole under the bushing/clamp area from rust/corrosion. That bushing and clamp in the pic don't look too good.
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You need a new rack
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I got a used rack from the wreckers that had a leak exactly like that, pinhole under the bushing/clamp area from rust/corrosion. That bushing and clamp in the pic don't look too good.
Thanks - it helps to know it's been seen before
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You need a new rack
It was only a matter of time here in the Midwest. Glad I put off getting new inner tie rods a couple years back.
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