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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-23-2017, 02:34 PM
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The rack can leak like that forever and won't actually give out. Worst case is it leaks works and worse and you lose so much fluid that your power steering gives out. Mechanically, it's not going to let loose. Depending on your state, it could fail an inspection for leaking though.

The good news is... if you replace all of your suspension parts and your rack at the same time, you'll only need one alignment when you're done!
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Bumping an older thread here, but after some procrastination, I finally changed out the power steering pump, and I replaced both drive belts as well.

It really wasn't that bad of a job, and I guess the worst part was removing the pulley from the old pump and pressing it on the new unit.

Getting back to the rack, I have not bothered with replacing it yet, and I have also noticed the high pressure (HP) line coming from the pump is leaking where the rubber is crimped on (on the rack side).

I could be wrong, but I am beginning to wonder if the HP line has been leaking all along and dripping on the rack, making the rack appear to leak.

Replacing this line looks simple enough, but has anyone ever removed and replaced this line (on a 3.5 engine) without removing additional items (cowling, wiper box, plastic air intake tubes)? Looks kind of tight on space back there.

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I haven't touched my rack or ps pump yet. It leaks where the high pressure hose connects on the rack... but not much. It looks wet but I check my ps fluid and it doesn't go down.

Another thing is, I have a 1st gen and there is tranny fluid for my power steering. It's been like that since I got the car 12 years ago so I assume it's safe by now...
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I haven't touched my rack or ps pump yet. It leaks where the high pressure hose connects on the rack... but not much. It looks wet but I check my ps fluid and it doesn't go down.

Another thing is, I have a 1st gen and there is tranny fluid for my power steering. It's been like that since I got the car 12 years ago so I assume it's safe by now...
Transmission fluid in the power steering reservoir?

I had a 1985 Toyota Corolla that required that kind of fluid.
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Transmission fluid in the power steering reservoir?

I had a 1985 Toyota Corolla that required that kind of fluid.
Yeah, most cars these days use trans oil for the power steering system.

But in the manual, it states NEVER USE TRANSMISSION FLUID IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM.

Mine has been running it for over 12 years, not sure why the change. I had actually bought some PS fluid when I was going to suck a quart out and replace it, but when I sucked it out I realized it was tranny oil.
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Bumping an older thread here, but after some procrastination, I finally changed out the power steering pump, and I replaced both drive belts as well.

It really wasn't that bad of a job, and I guess the worst part was removing the pulley from the old pump and pressing it on the new unit.

Getting back to the rack, I have not bothered with replacing it yet, and I have also noticed the high pressure (HP) line coming from the pump is leaking where the rubber is crimped on (on the rack side).

I could be wrong, but I am beginning to wonder if the HP line has been leaking all along and dripping on the rack, making the rack appear to leak.

Replacing this line looks simple enough, but has anyone ever removed and replaced this line (on a 3.5 engine) without removing additional items (cowling, wiper box, plastic air intake tubes)? Looks kind of tight on space back there.
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But I had to remove the wipers, cowling, and wiper motor assembly box just to get to the high pressure hose fitting on the rack. I also had to remove the cooling fan assembly to gain access to the hose fitting on the power steering pump.

So far, the fluid level has held steady from what I can tell, but I will check it again tomorrow. Might be a good idea to hit the rack with a car wash wand to clean up fluid from the old leaky hose.

Maybe I won't need a new rack afterall.
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