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Old 03-05-2016, 12:28 PM   #1
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Help oil in sway bar boot

As the title says I was doing a inner sway bar link, when I pull the boot oil came out of it. It doesn't look like power steering fluid is clear and smells like hydraulic fluid. Is my steering rack bad?
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Old 03-05-2016, 02:40 PM   #2
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I think you mean inner tie rod?
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:54 PM   #3
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Yes, is that normal
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Old 03-05-2016, 06:05 PM   #4
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Sounds like PS fluid.

Are you sure you don't have hydraulic fluid in you PS system/resevoir?
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I've seen a few like that. If it is power steering fluid (some people run CHF 11S instead of ATF) then I wouldn't worry about it, if you think about how many miles have been driven since the last time those boots were removed, then any 'leak' is probably in the realms of 1 drip every 100miles or so, and isn't something to be concerned by.

If you start to get regular warnings for low power steering fluid, you start to get drips on the ground, or your steering feels strange, then you can consider if your steering rack is bad.
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I've seen a few like that. If it is power steering fluid (some people run CHF 11S instead of ATF) then I wouldn't worry about it, if you think about how many miles have been driven since the last time those boots were removed, then any 'leak' is probably in the realms of 1 drip every 100miles or so, and isn't something to be concerned by.

If you start to get regular warnings for low power steering fluid, you start to get drips on the ground, or your steering feels strange, then you can consider if your steering rack is bad.
Thank you for your help!
I feel better now, by the way my power steering is never low.
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