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05/07/2009 9:59 AM

I have a 1995 Mustang coupe w/ 3.5 litre 6 cylinder, car has 164K miles on it. Have problem w/ steering fluid leaking out of the steering gear boot. What is the most likely problem to check first?

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05/07/2009 11:30 AM

The gasket at the bottom of the unit. Fill the fluid resivior, take the retaining nut and washer off the bottom. High idle the engine and crank the steering wheel hard over untill the gasket pops out. (Oil absorbent under.) Replace gasket. 15 minutes and you're done.

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05/07/2009 11:41 AM

The fluid appears to be coming out of the boot that covers the steering link (sp?)

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05/07/2009 12:38 PM

Ahhh! You have exposed my ignorance of Fords, since I have never worked on one. My solution was based on other makes, where the steering (sic) box itself is the culprit. My only suggestion to you now is get a Chevy. Sorry about that.

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05/07/2009 12:41 PM

Not good advice since GM is going down the drain, like Chrysler. Hmm, Ford didn't ask for any bailout $......go figure.

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05/07/2009 1:10 PM

Aahh. Ya see how dumb I am? Oh well, there will allways (?) be Toyotas.

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05/08/2009 1:08 AM

Proofs in the pudding

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05/07/2009 10:43 PM

the boot is just a dust cover.... so.. losen or remove the boot.. then you will find the leaking seal..

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05/07/2009 1:21 PM

Well, We haven't Solved anything, But the Commentary is delightful.

I drive a Chrysler... (Jeep Wrangler) But have always been a Chevy Truck kind of guy.

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05/07/2009 11:54 PM

these are rack and pinion units

the only practical cure is replacement

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05/08/2009 12:18 AM

the body of the unit is its reservoir..then.. cracks or somethin` else i dont need goin on.. yeap.. remove and replace..seams so simple...sometimes the equation reads :... KISS

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05/08/2009 1:05 AM

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05/08/2009 8:22 AM

The hydraulic seal on that end of the steering rack is worn. The boot will continue to fill with fluid. The only solution is to replace the entire steering rack with a new or reman unit. Then you have to have the front end realigned.

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05/08/2009 8:16 PM

If indeed it is a rack and pinion unit, I rebuilt one on a Nissan about 15 years ago. Did it outside on a piece of plastic. Bought a rebuild kit and was told by the nissan dealer it couldn't be done. "in 17 years, we've never rebuilt one that didn't leak". I did it and it worked fine. As I told my sons when working on automotive products, cleanliness is next to Godliness. Works every time. Son replaced a hydraulic clutch cylinder and it leaked. My first question was did you clean everything. Answer no! He pulled it out, cleaned everything and put it back together. Voila, it works fine, no leaks. Do your self or pay someone to do it, but get it done.

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05/08/2009 9:09 PM

Yeah, there is nothing like the satisfying sheen of bare metal. Many industries would be kaput if it were not for a cadre that likes to keep thier hands clean when we put it back together. Clean parts, well organized, invariably leads to sucess.

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05/11/2009 10:25 AM

You're absolutely correct about the cleanliness thing! I used to have to go through rebuilding any of the hydraulic stuff on my 1965 MGB as a kid, i.e. slave cylinder, master cylinder, wheel cylinders.............but, I learned early on, cleaning the parts before putting it back together just about always worked ! thanks!

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05/08/2009 9:37 PM

You have a rack and pinion type steering system .

As descibed by other comments , you can either rebuild the rack yourself with a kit .

Or , replace the rack with a rebuilt one .

Concidering the age of the car , i would suggest replacing the rack with a rebuild as it would not be too expensive.

If your handy , go for the kit.

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05/09/2009 5:23 AM

A new one is the better route

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05/13/2009 11:54 AM

After doing some price checking, you're absolutely correct. Here in Kearney, NE (we call it 'Corney'), the cost for a seal re-build kit is $60, then the boot for $20 and for a NEW unit $167. New sounds much better all the way round!

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