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Old 09-03-2012, 12:31 PM
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Power steering leak...weird area

Hey guys. Ive got a 59 chevy truck with a heidts front end and a stock mustang ii power rack. I just did a manual to power steering conversion and its got a really weird leak.

It drips (maybe 1 or 2 drops every few seconds) power steering fluid from where the lower steering ujoint is connected to the shaft on the rack.

The fitting and hoses connected to the rack are completely bone dry from what I can see so I eliminated that as a possible suspect, why would power steering fluid be dripping from the ujoint?

Any help is always appreciated...thanks

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just to add some more info...I cleaned off everything underneath and on the pump, made sure the input shaft and steering shaft were bone dry, started up the motor and felt around the input shaft and it was still dry, then I felt the drip of fluid go from the steering joint/tip if input shaft inside joint drip down the input shaft and then onto the ground...

literally I think its coming OUT of the input shaft, am I crazy or is this possible?
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Why not ? Take off the u joint then run it.
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I dont have the pressure shim kit installed right now like some people say is needed, is it possible there is just too much pressure going into it and causing this?
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alright guys I figured it out...I think it was coming out of the seal where the input shaft is...I figured it would be best to not risk having a bad/repaired rack and just get a rebuilt one that works properly, put the new one on and it works great,

for anyone else doing the conversion...do the shim kit for the pressure line on the power steering pump before running the motor...I think the high pressure blew out that input shaft seal on the rack. I needed 4 of the shims and it works great now.
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