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    Default Power steering rack leaking

    I attempted to do my track rods today..
    On taking the gaiter off, I had power steering fluid all over the floor. (Not a happy bunny)
    Driverís side leaks when the steering is full lock left.
    It must be a slow leak as it hasnít affected the steering, and the fluid level was low but not really low.

    Does anyone know how easy the steering rack is to replace? And what is involved?
    Can I just replace seals or does it have to be the whole unit?

    Hope someone can help.
    Thanks,

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    Hi m8 did you get your leak sorted and what was it?For I have the same problem

    cheers
    wilson002

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    Hi Wilson002,

    I do not have it sorted as yet but i will hopefully have a new rack on this weekend.
    You cant change seals on the VX's like you can on VW cars etc.

    VX wanted silly money to do it, they quoted £450 just for the rack!!!
    I got a brand new one from eBay for £125. People i got it from are VX dealers on eBay, gave them my reg number and they made sure it was the right one.

    So might be best to just buy a rack and then see if a local garage will fit it. Unless u know a good mechanic like i do.

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    Default Found power steering rack gaiter replacements

    just found a leak coming from the rubber gaitor of my power steering rack on my 2.2dti sri..i went to my local garage and he said that i would have to replace the whole rack costing £200..so i decided to check if i could find replacement gaitors and i found the following website
    http://www.discountcarparts.co.uk/ca...r_combo=200004
    i was wondering if i used these and topped up the power steering fluid would it solve the problem because at the moment the steering is hard to turn and it makes a grinding feeling, and i was wondering if this is due to low fluid or is it more than that
    cheers

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    Engine : 2.0 cdti/1.6 Turbo

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    No mate there shouldn't be fluid behind those gators. Only grease.

    The seals must have packed up and as already said a new rack is really your only option

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    cheers for the reply mate just wondering is it a big job to put in a new rack

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    Never done one on a C before but I have read that the subframe has to be dropped

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    I tried this on ebay:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Power-Steering...item483a9e82d1
    touch wood had no problems after my leak

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