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Now that I am on top of the limp mode problem it is time to investigate my power steerings use of oil. There are no leaks apparent anywhere on the car either from the pump/reservoir or the rack itself yet I have had to top the reservoir up a couple of times, all be it over some time. But said that it does not do much mileage. Any ideas? Are these prone to consuming their own oil!!
 

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I would imagine its a leaking seal ... which is being contained in a rubber steering boot awaiting something to perish or get to a level find an exit and create a puddle

Squish the steering arm boot rubbers ...

I might just do mine for stress relief .... 307 ownership
 

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Got round to checking the steering boots yesterday and sure enough it is leaking into the drivers side boot. Is it possible to change the seal in situ or is it a rack out job? The racks are not cheap or easy to do are they.
On top of that I have found that I have the drivers side lower arm to replace due the rubbers are gone( picked up on the last MOT) as was that sides lower ball joint so they are going to be done now!
 

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I would imagine its going to be an exchange steering rack swap

I doubt it you could buy the seal and maybe need a specialist tool to extract and refit in its location ...

I suppose nothing is impossible and if you are in the game of steering rack overhauls ... but to a home mechanic getting spares

Unless a forum member has done it and got seal type and sizes

I can understand the high cost of an exchange rack and labour for a couple of quid viton seal that might have become dry and nicked and nothing else is damaged


thing is that storage of oil in the boot will be causing the boot to perish and its going to create a puddle mess some time soon
Pleased you found your leak
 

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Again it is a job better done on a ramp as the subframe has to be lowered to remove it off the car. I reckon it will make it through the mot for now. I am busy draining the fluid that has found its way into the boot and will top up the oil before the MOT. Then decide whether to replace or not.
 

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Yes I think you need to get a quote from a garage to replace

At least you can monitor oil loss and judge a major or minor leak over a certain time frame

Thing is with oil leaks they never cure ... just get worse


Daft thought whilst I write this ... don't they make mechanic in a bottle stop leak for steering boxes / fluid

Be interesting to see if these work ?

Does this car stand for long periods unused ? and small runabout miles ?

Lucas oils rings a bell from years back ... 100 % guarantee or your money back

sure I used to play with there promo toys for oil fortifiers when waiting for parts at a motor factors ?

Any body used them products ?

Might be worth a go and check the bay ? for prices ?

as you can do your own test and report back ?
Sure its about a tenner ?
 

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After tubing this .... product ... best save your money

Put the tenner to a new rack
Oh an Lucas Oils don't honour the money back guarantee



strange how mechanic in a bottle quick fix stuff came to mind ?
 
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