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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13 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.

  2. I have a 2002 Ford focus. I noticed I have been having a slow leak which turned major over the last month. I popped the hood and saw power steering fluid leaking but didn’t know where. Today on my way home from work, my car caught on fire! If there is damage to my accordion boot or if it’s missing, will blue devil still, help restore the problem to the leak? Also ,can blue devil help if I need a pinion rack replaced?

    1. Klassic1-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford Focus. The BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is intended for leaks that are seeping, or lightly dripping from the system. Typically with the product, you would expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving. As long as you are not losing power steering fluid too quickly, you would be a great candidate for the product.

      Thank you!


    1. Awais-

      The BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is intended for leaks that are seeping or lightly dripping from the system. Based on your description, unfortunately, it sounds like you may be losing oil a little too quickly for the product to be affective. A hard part repair may be your best option.

      Thank you!


    1. Gershwin-

      With the engine off, pour 1/3 of the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak into the power steering reservoir. Once added, you would start the vehicle up drive in order to achieve results. Typically, you would start to notice results after about 100-200 miles of driving. If the leak persists, you would add the second 1/3 of the bottle and repeat the process. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!


  3. I have an 2004 GMC Envoy XL SLT 5.3L V8.
    I have a power steering leak that has gotten worse. I purchased the vehicle used in May 2017 and it came with the leak. I’ve had it looked at several times and was told that its the Pressure Lines or the Rack and Pinion. At first it would make a whining noise once the reservoir was empty. For the pas two months its gotten worse. Everyday depending on how much I drive I have to add at least 1-1/2 quarts of power steering fluid at least twice a day. The check gages light comes on and goes back off from time to time.

    1. Ja’Mesha-

      Thank you for asking about your GMC Envoy. Unfortunately, it sounds like you may be losing power steering fluid a little too quickly for the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to be affective. Typically with the product, you would start to see improvement after about 100-200 miles of driving. Based on your description, it sounds like you would be losing the product before it got a chance to seal. A hard part repair may be your best option.

      Thank you!


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