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Old 11-16-2010, 06:28 AM
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Hey

I am having a problem were by my car is leaking power steering fluid

I found the leak at the rack end rubber which is torn on the right hand side. I asked a guy that i know what I would need to replace and he advised to replace the steering rack (where the problem lies according to him) and the rack ends.

Is it necessary to replace the steering rack as it costs an arm and a leg and if not what can I do to sort this out?

I Drive a 95 Gen 4 Prelude.

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Old 11-16-2010, 04:12 PM
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Re: Steering rack and rack ends

Ooh boy, I had this problem when I first bought my lude.

If you have the patience, and are handy, it is possible to reseal the rack. You still need to take it out, which is a pain in the ass, take it apart, and buy a seal kit. The seal kit I believe is 100 bucks. Or, you can do as you mentioned, and buy a new / remanded one. Thats what I did, it was roughly $180 or so, after I had given them my core, the core is a solid $100. So you're looking at a $250-300 price tag when you first get it.

The sealing takes patience, a lot of it, I didnt want to get involved with it. Go with a reman ideally, and you wont have to worry about it for another 15+ years hah. Make sure though you are using HONDA POWER STEERING FLUID! Anything else will eat up the seals and cause the same problem again.

As for tie rod ends, I replaced mine with the rack, again, I wont have to worry about those for a long long time. You can tell how bad they are by how easy they are to move around (ball and joint) with your hand. Brand new will take most of your strength to straighten out and move around, worn ones will easy flop back and forth.
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Re: Steering rack and rack ends

Thanks man.

I think the remanded one would be a better option than a new one price wise.

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Oh yea, I couldn't even find a "new one." Remanded has everything replaced that needs replacing and is cleaned up, can't even tell the difference. I got mine from autozone, and was able to take the core to the store for my refund, took a few days for it to hit my account though. Good luck taking it out, might want to invest in a breaker bar lol. I did it with a regular socket wrench, but I had to use a steel pipe for a large metal crossmember that runs from your bumper to the exhaust flex pipe, pretty tough bolts.
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Re: Steering rack and rack ends

hey guys, notice i was leaking from my steering rack also, i have a 5th gen base lude, noticed it when i would park from a long drive and smoke would come out, the fluid would drip to the exhaust pipe.



its on the passenger side of the rack there theres a rubber seal. question is, what should i do??
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