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leaking power steering rack

Discussion in '1994-2004 V6 Mustang Tech' started by juan310, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. juan310

    juan310 New Member

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    ok back in april i went to get an alignment. they told my that my pass side inner tie rod had excessive play and i should replace it. i bought the inner tie rod soon thereafter but never got round to replace it.

    about 3 months ago i noticed that the pass side of the rack and pinion was super greasy while the other side was relatively dry. i pretty much have been ignoring it. stupid me

    about 3 weeks ago i was about to head out and get it fixed. i checked the rack once again and i noticed that the pass side bellow had a big tear on it. so i went to buy a new one.

    for the past week ive noticed a whining sound and it got louder as i accelerated. i thought it was the alternator. today i checked under the hood and decided to check the ps fluid reservoir while i was there. come to find out it was pretty low.the dip stick didnt even touch the fluid! so i rushed to top it off. i drove around and i didnt hear the same whine anymore.

    my question is what are my choices. if i replace the inner tie rod would it fix the leak or should i get the seals fixed if possible. or would i have to replace the entire rack and pinion all together.
     
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    It sounds like the rack is leaking. Replacing the tie rod and/or the boot will not help, they do not retain fluid. Your easiest and cheapest option is almost surely to replace the entire rack with a remanufactured one, which usually includes the inner tie rods.
     
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  4. juan310

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    yeah thats what i thought also. i also found this which is what i think exactly happened cuz i remember a while back my apt manager told there was an oil spill on my parking spot and i was like wtf. stupid me

    one more question though. i have some new 18 bullitt wheels waiting to be put on. i was hoping for them to be on by next week. can i still put them on or should i wait and get the rack fixed first?
     
  5. 97mustang3.8l

    97mustang3.8l $500 DX Killa

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    happened to me i got a remanufactured one for like $100 after the core i think and it included the inner tierods.
     
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    ok i found this reman rack for dirt cheap!
    ebay

    does it matter if i use regular ps fluid?
     
  7. 97mustang3.8l

    97mustang3.8l $500 DX Killa

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    the remans at autozone are $10 more and have a lifetime warranty

    dont use reguler ps fluid use ATF

    I used mercon V synthetic ATF seems to keep the wine down a little
     
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    i checked online. autozone is $209 and partsamerica is $199.

    im thinking about tackling this myself. i have the haynes manual and the ford cd. my only concern are these. how do i take them off and how do i torque them back on. ford says to use a special tool and install a new seal ring.

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    any1 ever done a rack an pinion swap?
     
  10. 97mustang3.8l

    97mustang3.8l $500 DX Killa

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    are you talking about fixing the old one?
     
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    no replacing it with a reman one. how do i deal with those to lines?
     
  12. 97mustang3.8l

    97mustang3.8l $500 DX Killa

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    that tool is just something to stretch the ring its real easy i did it without a tool just be careful not to break it.

    The install is easy i tackled it in an afternoon after school by myself (im 17) and was done before work. it took about 3 hours.
     
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    so i can just unscrew those 2 lines with a wrench?

    how hard was it to reach up there to get the pinch bolt off the steering column?
     
  14. 97mustang3.8l

    97mustang3.8l $500 DX Killa

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    yepp those 2 come off with a wrench

    i got the bolt off with ease its not that far up there and i was in my driveway with the front of the car on jackstands.
     
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    Old thread but I'd like to know what size wrenches for the ps steering lines.
     
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    I did this a couple of months ago but can't remember what exact size they are I just remember that they're kind of tiny. Just get under there and try a few different wrenches like everyone else.
     
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    Found the size on a different site. 11/16 is what it needs. Did have to order one line from Napa cause when I turned the uppermost line the fitting turned with it. Pick that up tomorrow & back to it. Have driver control arm bushings & sway bar bushing & endlinks to do & will be done. Finally. Well rotors & pads but will have to wait til there's more coin available.