Power Steering Rack Leak

power steering rack leakThere are many people driving around on the road today with a power steering rack leak.  Power steering rack leaks are one of those problems your car may have that it probably won’t tell you about.  Unless you drive a very new vehicle, chances are it’s unlikely that it has any sensors or diagnostics to tell you anything is wrong with your power steering system.  Other systems on your car, like your brakes and cooling system, usually have a sensor in the fluid reservoir that will illuminate a light on your dashboard letting you know the system is losing fluid.  Your power steering system most likely doesn’t have any sensor leaving you to find out your system is losing fluid the hard way.

When your power steering system loses enough fluid to empty out the power steering fluid reservoir, the power steering pump will no longer have fluid to pressurize.  With a lack of fluid pressure, your vehicle will no longer provide assistance in steering causing your steering wheel to instantly feel heavy and very difficult to turn.  This can be extremely dangerous in certain situations if your steering doesn’t react as you expect it to it can lead to poor handling and accidents.

To help avoid this sudden loss of power steering, it’s a good idea to regularly check your power steering fluid level.  You can check your power steering fluid level quickly and easily by popping your hood and finding the reservoir.  If the reservoir isn’t clear so you can check the fluid from the outside, there will be a dipstick under the cap.

rack and pinion, power steering rack leakIf you find a low power steering fluid level during a routine check then you’ve discovered a power steering fluid leak.  Most vehicles produced today use a power steering rack to assist the driver in steering.  When you turn your steering wheel it runs a small pinion gear which is engaged with the steering rack.  As the pinion gear rotates it slides the rack left or right aided by the fluid pressure from your power steering system.  As the rack shifts, it moves your tie rods which are connected to your steering knuckle which turns the front wheels of your car.

The most common power steering rack leak is a leak at the end of the steering rack where it connects to your tie rods.  This seal is exposed to extreme elements as it is located very near to the road and out near your wheels where it is exposed to extreme temperature swings, road grime and road chemicals in the winter months.  These seals are covered by accordion boots designed to keep the elements out but are subject to the same wear and tear.  A torn or missing accordion boot can often be the cause of a leaking power steering rack seal so make sure to perform an inspection of the accordion boots on your car.

Unfortunately, replacing these seals in your power steering rack is impossible so the only way to get a new seal is to replace the entire power steer rack which can be very costly.  Rather than replacing the leaking seals in your rack, restore the seals you already have to stop the leak!  BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak can seal the leak in your rack and pinion saving you time and money and keeping your vehicle safe to drive.

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5 responses to “Power Steering Rack Leak

    1. I recently had a car with a leaking power steering pump. It would whine when turning, and would leave a puddle on the cardboard overnight which needed to be topped off every other day. I followed the directions for the power steering stop leak. It took about 2 days, but the leak stopped completely, and the whine went away! I am a believer in this product! You won’t be disappointed.

      1. Timothy-

        That is excellent to hear! Once the product seals, it would be a permanent seal, so you should be good to go at this point. We appreciate the positive feedback!

        Thank you!


  1. My kids Acura 2004 TSX was diagnosed today with a slow leak in the power steering rack. It is dropping a few drops daily but not much. Initially we thought it was an oil leak but they have now found the problem. We have had the car for 3 years and never added power steering fluid but when checked today it was low. Do you think your product would work for our issue? The repair bill to replace is estimated to be $2000, parts and labor.

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