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Q: pwer steering fluid leak on 1998 Ford Contour

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Power steering leak started out slow. Just needed to a few ounces every couple of days. Leak gradually increased. Now I need to add 8 ounces every time I drive. It puddles on the floor about a foot right of the left front tire. One repairman said it was the rack and pinion because it it leaking from inside the boot. The steering on the car drives fine as long as there is fluid in the car. When it starts to run low, steering stiffens. Then I add more. It is starting to get expensive adding all that fluid to find it on the ground when I stop. Does this sound like I need to have the whole rack replaced? Could it possibly be a seal, gasket, or line? The car is 12 years old. I hate to invest that much into a repair, but at the same time I can't afford a new car.

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pamster415@aol.com
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No the repairman is right its probably the rack and you can get a free estimate here www.repairpal.com/estimator and find a shop here www.repairpal.com/directory
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