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Old 03-19-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Safe to drive with steering rack leak?

Ok so my lines are ok, but my rack is dripping right from the banjo fittings. Drip drip, when I do slow or dry turns. I'm not losing a huge amount of fluid.

Its a mess down there.

Thoughts?
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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Did you try snugging up the fittings? Now that your cats are gone no real risk other then the mess.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:20 PM   #3
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did you try replacing the crush washers (if they are there) .. Not visually remembering exactly if it has them, but most banjo fittings have 2 copper (or aluminum) crush (one time use) washers. Overly tight and it could crack the banjo or the rack..
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I tried tightening them, did not want to force them as they did not move.

I'm doing my MM and OPG soon so I will fix it then.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:48 PM   #5
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go with the silicon OPG and stud kit from Roger.

I am very happy after doing mine
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as posted you need new Banjo sealing washers they are one time use, in the mean time,
put a piece or two of cardboard down so the fluid wont damage your driveway
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Not sure its 'unsafe'..other than when you run out steering gets harder.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:55 AM   #8
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When they start to leak, my experience is that one day, and you never know when, you will go out to the car and there will be a huge puddle of fluid on the ground. Then you must replace it. I just did mine. I am going to rebuild the rack that came off and start doing that task for the local guys here.

So, a rebuilt rack in in you future sometime down the road. They aren't too bad, I think about 395.00 or so but you can rebuild it yourself it you have confidence. There is one heck of a writeup on it somewhere around here. I would love to find it myself as I am getting ready to rebuild my old one.
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Sorry but i just re-read your post. They do have a crush washer on both sides of the banjo fittings. I just replaced mine. Get enough to do them all. It just might completely solve your problem.

Fingers crossed, The rack comes off pretty easily but mine was one heck of a bitc&(*& getting back on.
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