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Old 08-19-2014, 10:41 AM   #1
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Leaking Steering Rack!

Thought it was my outter tie rod, mechanic said steering rack is leaking on both sides and is most likely the steering rack that needs to be replaced as it is making the tie rod loose in there.

Do I need to replace the steering rack? Can I just replace the bushings and that will help with the leaks? Any help would be awesome!
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If the steering rack is leaking fluid it probably needs to be replaced.
Now would be the ideal time to also replace both of the inner and outer tie rods and the steering rack bushings.
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If the steering rack is leaking fluid it probably needs to be replaced.
Now would be the ideal time to also replace both of the inner and outer tie rods and the steering rack bushings.
Alright thanks, what do you recommend for bushings?

Anyone have a write-up on replacing/installing a steering rack?!?!
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I have a set of Pro-thane steering rack bushings for my autocross car and set of OEM style rubber bushings in my street car.
The steering rack is fairly easy to replace. There are just two bolts holding it on. You need to remove the two power steering lines and separate the outer tie rods from the spindles and it comes right off.
If you want to get a quality rebuilt steering rack, go to redheadsteeringgears.com.
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Oops.
Forgot to include unbolting the steering shaft from the steering rack.
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Oops.
Forgot to include unbolting the steering shaft from the steering rack.

That would help!
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Alright thanks, what do you recommend for bushings?

Anyone have a write-up on replacing/installing a steering rack?!?!
Sorry no write up that I know of But it's not that difficult. Can be done in a couple of hours.

Biggest pain for me was getting the little Teflon washers on the power steering lines. Supposedly there is a tool to help get them on but I just put them in some warm water to loosen them up and as gently as possible shimmied them on.

You'll lose maybe a quart (probably less) of fluid so have some to replace. My 2004 used ATF per shop manual.

Also you'll need to get an alignment afterwards

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You guys are all life savers! Can I just clamp the power steering lines going into the rack and then drain the fluid that is in the rack? Or do I have to drain it all?

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I have a set of Pro-thane steering rack bushings for my autocross car and set of OEM style rubber bushings in my street car.
The steering rack is fairly easy to replace. There are just two bolts holding it on. You need to remove the two power steering lines and separate the outer tie rods from the spindles and it comes right off.
If you want to get a quality rebuilt steering rack, go to redheadsteeringgears.com.
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Sorry no write up that I know of But it's not that difficult. Can be done in a couple of hours.

Biggest pain for me was getting the little Teflon washers on the power steering lines. Supposedly there is a tool to help get them on but I just put them in some warm water to loosen them up and as gently as possible shimmied them on.

You'll lose maybe a quart (probably less) of fluid so have some to replace. My 2004 used ATF per shop manual.

Also you'll need to get an alignment afterwards

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When you purchase the steering rack, in the instructions, it may say to flush the old fluid out of the system. In any case, it's not a bad idea to get as much of the old fluid out and replace it with new.
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Well I'm installing it in a bay I am renting and wanted to flush the fluid at home. But I assume I can just clamp it or something, thanks again


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The power steering lines are copper not flexible hose so you can't clamp them.

You really won't lose that much fluid.

I didn't flush my old fluid out just added new to what had drained out.

Once everything was connected back up I filled up the reservoir to the line. Cranked the engine and let it run for maybe a second or 2 then turned off again. Filled reservoir back up, stated ran it for another second or 2 and shut off. Checked reservoir, filled it. Then start car and let it run, turn the wheel all the way to the left and right periodically over 10-15 min to work all the air bubbles out, easiest to leave front end jacked up for that part.

Check fluid level again over the next couple of days, add if needed

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The power steering lines are copper not flexible hose so you can't clamp them.

You really won't lose that much fluid.

I didn't flush my old fluid out just added new to what had drained out.

Once everything was connected back up I filled up the reservoir to the line. Cranked the engine and let it run for maybe a second or 2 then turned off again. Filled reservoir back up, stated ran it for another second or 2 and shut off. Checked reservoir, filled it. Then start car and let it run, turn the wheel all the way to the left and right periodically over 10-15 min to work all the air bubbles out, easiest to leave front end jacked up for that part.

Check fluid level again over the next couple of days, add if needed

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Oh yeah I guess clamping would be kind of hard then haha! So when I disconnect the lines going into the rack, there isn't a lot of fluid that comes out?

That's pretty much the only part I'm worried about, the power steering fluid. But I guess I'll just get a bucket thing like they have for oil changes.

I heard aluminum bushings are the way to go, any thoughts on this?


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The last thing you want to do is add new to old fluid. Especially since the fluid in the rack and steering box has probably never been changed. It is wise to drain the system and replace with new.
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What's the easiest way to flush all the fluid?
Sorry for all the dumb questions... Lol


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Aluminum are good! I can't use them because of class rules.

The easiest way to flush the system is to disconnect the return line from the pump and turn the engine on and let it pump itself out. You can add some fluid as you are doing it.
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Thought my steering rack needed to be replaced and had found this via google:

How To Replace a 1979-2004 Rack-and-Pinion - Mustang Monthly Magazine
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Thought my steering rack needed to be replaced and had found this via google:

How To Replace a 1979-2004 Rack-and-Pinion - Mustang Monthly Magazine

Oh **** yeah! Thank you!


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