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Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:45 pm 
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found the cause of my steering rack leak

its leaking on top of pinion - the pinion case is held on with two allen bolts- are there seals/o rings in the top cover that can be replaced easy or is it a complete rebuild/replacement
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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:07 am 
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there is a top seal and an o-ring at the base of that housing, i can say they are a piece of piss to replace, but i rebuilt them for a living for a few years, you can replace the seal and o-ring without removing the rack from the car, it can be a bit of a pain tho, but you will also need the 2 o-rings for the pressure and return hoses, and also the 2 o-rings for the 2 crossover pipes, you don't want to fix a leak just to create another one.
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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:07 am 
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is there a kit available and where would you buy from pls
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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:01 pm 
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another common area for leakage is the pressure switch.
easiest to cut it out & bridge out the sensor plug then whack a pressure plug in there.

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:16 pm 
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no sorry i wish it was that easy 100% it is not the switch :(

it definately leaking from the pinion shaft
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Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:23 pm 
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leaks fixed :lol: :lol: :lol: and it was from top of pinion shaft not the switch

having never worked on a ps rack b4 it was a bit daunting but it actually was'nt that hard to repair and not all that expensive - a s**t cheaper than a new or recond rack ---- $13 for pinion seal kit and $18 for ford r1-424 oil and about 3 hours labour


if anyone is interested i can explain wat i did
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Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:29 am 
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that would be good,mine is leking in the same spot

 

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Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:21 pm 
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ok its not real hard

parts needed :
control valve tower leak kit #GLK-35000 or PSK019 $13
1ltr power steering fluid # ford r1-424 $18

i purchased parts from tranmission place ROWE & SEARLE in pultney st in adelaide

remove ps rack from car

clean rack b4 any disassembly - i took mine to the car wash and used the engine clean and high pressure spray and it c*m up a treat

ensure rack is in centre position

remove switch and tubes from pinion housing and undo two allen head bolts and remove pinion housing


drive old oil seal and bearing from housing using suitable size drift or socket

clean bearing & lube with some new ps oil and refit back into housing with new oil seal

place pinion shaft in soft jaw vice or support shaft on block of wood and drive pin from the top of the pinion shaft and remove pinion

remove o ring seal from the top of the inner shaft and lightly lube new o ring with some new ps oil and fit new seal

reassemble shaft and refit pin

replace all old o ring seals and assemble and refit to car

fill with new oil and bleed


this will only fix oil leak from pinion housing or shaft - not if its leaking from rack ends
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