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Old 11-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Hey guys than in advance , I have 2001 camaro 3.8 with 5speed manual tranny . My power steering fluid is gushing out when the wheel isvturned and it is leaving fluid on the ground and all on the bottom of my car . I have a couple pictures so maybe someone can point me in the right direction. Found a used steering rack at a salvage yard in my area for $100 .. 6 month warranty


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Yeah, you definitely blew a seal on the rack.


You might be able to find a seal replacement kit and rebuild it yourself, but it's probably better in the long run just to replace it. Autozone has three different seal replacement kits listed in their inventory, I'm guessing each one is for different parts of the rack.
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Check the pressure hose under the reservoir. Mine developed a leak and fluid came pouring out pretty fast but I was still able to drive.
Much cheaper and easier to replace, so I'd start there.
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Thanks buddy.. so the whole steering rack being replaced isn't a bad idea , yea I was told to just replace it before other seals decide to give out. My girlfriend is using the car as a daily driver for work 6 days a week, so I have no idea what abuse the car endures on a daily. I'll be replacing rack, rear gear oil, transmission flush and have p0174 & p0171 codes fixed (vacuum leak assuming) all on saturday wish me luck lol
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Check the pressure hose under the reservoir. Mine developed a leak and fluid came pouring out pretty fast but I was still able to drive.
Much cheaper and easier to replace, so I'd start there.
Well the hose your speaking of I believe was leaking at first at the same time the seal may have been bad but a buddy observed the fluid gushing from the spot in the picture while I turned the wheel with car running, and I had the hose tampered with which stopped that portion of the leak
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Is there anything else I need b4 I go buy parts tomorrow ? Or just the steering rack itself ?
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You can buy a rebuilt rack for about $150.00.
Better than a salvage rack for 100 IMHO
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You might end up with the same problem with a wrecking yard rack shortly or immediately after installation. My vote is on the rebuilt rack. I do like racks rebuilt or not LOL.
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You might end up with the same problem with a wrecking yard rack shortly or immediately after installation. My vote is on the rebuilt rack. I do like racks rebuilt or not LOL.
Well I wish I wouldn't have went out and purcharsed one this morning. Going to swap them out and see what happens. Only has a 6 month warranty so not the best for $108. I was just rushing due to the fact I'm leaving a small puddle of red fluid everywhere ,hopefully it atleast last for another year. Was told this came off a camaro with 60k miles and mine currently has 147k miles , after they are swapped out I will sell my old unit for $40 or so to help me feel better about my dumb buy..... thanks for help guys
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Update.. well yesterday I had the 60k mile rack & pinion installed and seems to all be well thus far just keeping my open for leaks and anything out the norm ..btw thanks for help and advice guys. Also had new rear shocks installed along with new gear oil and a tranny flush. My girl saus car turns so much easier idk maybe due to the updated steering shaft (dark black-newer model looking unit) mechanic said the other steering shaft must have been from an older model f body. $500 dumped into the car including alignment hope it last another year or so
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