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    The easiest way to tighten the hose is from below with a crowfoot wrench and a nice extension in it, I think it is 15 mm, but it has to be a rather slim profile to fit. You can go to the Autozone website and register and look under repair info and it will give you pictures and everything. Someone here can give you the size of the crowfoot, best if a flare for the fitting, but a regular one will do in a pinch. Be very careful starting the new hose, if removed, so you don't strip it, and don't use teflon tape on it, can cause overtightening. It has an o ring to seal it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepman View Post
    Maybe this is what you are thinking of:


    Cold temperature leaks can occur as well and may be as simple to fix as tightening up the hose clamps.
    Yeah I knew it was something like that. I didn't remember exactly because I don't dabble in the 4th gens too much.
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    The steering racks on 2005's seem to have a problem with leaking at the ends of the rack. Even at low mileage. Something was changed for 2005 and later. My rack leaks out the ends duiring cold weather as well, im hoping that a recall or extended warranty will be done to it.
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    well i took a quick look under the van this morning before the wife took it, and oil is slowly dripping from the end of each boot, both driver's and passenger side. I couldn't get under the van completely to check the hoses, yet but i will later.

    So what can I do to fix this? Replace the bands on the boot?
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    okay I checked again with the van jacked and supported. The steering gear's (Haynes refers to this as a steering gear, is this the rack?) Anyway, boots on both ends of it are leaking. How do I fix this?
    2005 Chrysler Town and Country Touring 3.8L
    My DIY Contributions:
    Lower Radiator Tube Replacement
    http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php?t=14636

    Leaking Steering Rack - Added lucas oil in winter of 2010-11 no leaks since then, but replaced PS Reservoir (9/2012 no leaks)
    EGR Valve - FIXED 5/27/11
    Front Brake Pad/ Rotors replaced 93k
    Rear Rotors: 95k
    Last Oil Change:90k
    spark plugs: 95k

    Needs Fixing-
    Windshield, rear brakes, tranny flush, , oil pan is rusted bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by markho View Post
    okay I checked again with the van jacked and supported. The steering gear's (Haynes refers to this as a steering gear, is this the rack?) Anyway, boots on both ends of it are leaking. How do I fix this?
    Yes that is the rack. When they leak, the whole rack needs to be replaced.

    The boots aren't supposed to have any oil in them. They are only there to keep road dirt and stuff off the polished piston coming out of the rack. When they start to get oil, it means that seals internal in the rack are bad,
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyg View Post
    Yes that is the rack. When they leak, the whole rack needs to be replaced.

    The boots aren't supposed to have any oil in them. They are only there to keep road dirt and stuff off the polished piston coming out of the rack. When they start to get oil, it means that seals internal in the rack are bad,
    awesome

    I don't have the money or time to get this fixed, could I try a Lucas product to slow the leak down?

    Also, is this a dealer part? Or can I get a better aftermaket part since this is obviously a piece of crap design, which should not have crapped out on me at 69,000 miles
    Last edited by markho; 01-16-2010 at 01:39 PM.
    2005 Chrysler Town and Country Touring 3.8L
    My DIY Contributions:
    Lower Radiator Tube Replacement
    http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php?t=14636

    Leaking Steering Rack - Added lucas oil in winter of 2010-11 no leaks since then, but replaced PS Reservoir (9/2012 no leaks)
    EGR Valve - FIXED 5/27/11
    Front Brake Pad/ Rotors replaced 93k
    Rear Rotors: 95k
    Last Oil Change:90k
    spark plugs: 95k

    Needs Fixing-
    Windshield, rear brakes, tranny flush, , oil pan is rusted bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by markho View Post
    awesome

    I don't have the money or time to get this fixed, could I try a Lucas product to slow the leak down?

    Also, is this a dealer part? Or can I get a better aftermaket part since this is obviously a piece of crap design, which should not have crapped out on me at 69,000 miles
    I tried the Lucas stuff in mine and it stopped it for two weeks or so and then it came back but worse. I bought a reman rack from napa with a lifetime warranty but I think they are all still the same crap design. The rack was a pain ot put in, but we save a lot of money.
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    I would give the lucas power steering fix a shot. If it helps for awhile then you can spend that time saving up knowing the repair will need to be made sooner or later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kscha41 View Post
    I tried the Lucas stuff in mine and it stopped it for two weeks or so and then it came back but worse. I bought a reman rack from napa with a lifetime warranty but I think they are all still the same crap design. The rack was a pain ot put in, but we save a lot of money.
    i read your posts involving this procedure and I think you said its something you wouldn't do again. If I get quoted under 1000 do you think its worth it? I would do it, but it looks like a major PIA...
    2005 Chrysler Town and Country Touring 3.8L
    My DIY Contributions:
    Lower Radiator Tube Replacement
    http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php?t=14636

    Leaking Steering Rack - Added lucas oil in winter of 2010-11 no leaks since then, but replaced PS Reservoir (9/2012 no leaks)
    EGR Valve - FIXED 5/27/11
    Front Brake Pad/ Rotors replaced 93k
    Rear Rotors: 95k
    Last Oil Change:90k
    spark plugs: 95k

    Needs Fixing-
    Windshield, rear brakes, tranny flush, , oil pan is rusted bad!

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