Does anyone have free instructions for replacing a power steering rack boot (driver's side)?
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2000 Honda Civic Question: Power Steering Rack Boot Replacement Instructions
Answer #1DaveJHM January 29, 2011, 01:17Master
Is the boot torn only, or is it leaking?
ReplyHokiefan, January 29, 2011, 07:51Rookie
the boot is torn and fluid is leaking from the tear.
ReplyDaveJHM, January 30, 2011, 00:14Master
Sorry to say - you need to replace the entire steering gear.
The boot is only supposed to keep dust, dirt and debris out from the gear and seals of the gear. It is not made to keep fluid in. Once fluid is leaking from the boot, the gear has a seal leak, and must be replaced.
ReplyVisitor, January 30, 2011, 06:47
thanks much, I appreciate your help. Is there a way to replace the PS rack seals, or will it require me to replace the PS rack entirely?
ReplyDaveJHM, January 30, 2011, 20:51Master
Hmm; at one time for certain vehicles in years past, you could purchase a seal kit. The problem is, just like conventional steering gear box situation, that even if you could remove the gear, rebuild it on a bench and reinstall it, you would probably have scoring in the bore that would not clean up, resulting in the need for the assembly anyway. (Many sector shaft seals that are replaced on old-style conventional steering gears leak again because the shaft itself is scored).
So, sadly enough, you are looking at replacing the gear outright. Prices aren't too bad in the aftermarket, though, if I'm correct. Good luck.
ReplyVisitor, January 31, 2011, 04:51
Thanks so much again for all your advice.