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Repairing Rack and Pinion
07-19-2006, 05:09 PM
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I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 4X4 with Rack and Pinion steering (go figure). Soooo, I have a major leak coming out of the drivers side boot. I know that the boot is NOT a seal and thus there is a seal inside somewhere that is leaking. So I looked on line for an exploded view of the rack and pinion and I cannot find one. I am trying to take the gear box off of the rack to see what seals are there and I cannot get it all of the way off. I have the 4 power steering lines and the two bolts removed and the steering column disconnected. I can get it about 1.3 of the way off and that is it. It is hitting the coupler. Now the steering column coupler seems to have two bolts. The one on top loosened it up enough to slide the column off, but the bottom one does not seem to have a head on it. I cannot get my head in there to see if it is a cap head screw. Anyone know? Anyone also know if I am doing the right thing, or is there a seal in the rack that needs replacing?

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07-19-2006, 11:24 PM
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well 99 percent of the time when i see a leaky rack like that..... i replace the whole thing. its a lot less time consuming and most of the time, you cant just buy a seal kit for the rack (at least i have never heard of one available)
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07-20-2006, 06:50 AM
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Thanks. I did manage to get the pinion gear off and I can see the seal. I have a relative who works in a garage and knows some power steering folks, and they are going to put the pinion on the bench to make sure that is the offending seal (the one in the pinion gear box). IF so we may be able to find the seal from some sources we know who are well connected. I know this is a lot of work for a stupid seal, but it is saving much $$$. Rack and Pinions are not cheap.
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07-20-2006, 06:52 AM
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If it is not pouring out of the rack but takes a few days for the reservoir to empty try using Lucas rack and pinion stop leak, I used some in my car DD and have not had to add fluid for the past two weeks, by now I would have been throw 4-5 little bottles.


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