ok so the other day i jacked my 76 mustang up to get the radiator hose off the bottom and check the thermostat and i noticed my left rack and pinion bellow started dripping something. im pretty sure it's power steering fluid but I am unsure. it is about the color of old oil. when i further investigated the problem i see no cracks or holes in the bellow but even as i was feeling around for it it was still dripping at the same consistent rate...
the bellows are for dust and water protection only.count the turns from lock to lock on the steering wheel... 2.5 or 3...replacement reman racks can be found under 100 bucks with new inner tie rod ends.do also check the steering coupling disc. this is where the rack input shaft is attached to the you can try power steering system sealer... but they rarely work on rack and pinions.. more info if you decide to change it. before you take it apart.. 76 might have 2 or 3 different versions.. and at least 2 brands.. ford or trw rack.. 2 bushing or 3 bushing.
hmm. ok. just a little confused. so i cant just buy a new bellow? its dripping the the middle of it so there is possible a rip.
hmm. ok. just a little confused. so i cant just buy a new bellow? its dripping the the middle of it so there is possible a rip. sure...but the Bellows does not seal any power steering fluid leaks.. they are a dust and water splash shield to prevent dirt from getting to the chromed piston rods that extend past the hydraulic seals.. this is a slightly later fox body. yours is very similar..
What he's trying to say is if you're getting power steering fluid into the bellows boot, the seal on the rack is leaking because there should not be any fluid in the bellows to begin with. Putting a new bellows boot on will not fix the leak, the rack should be rebuilt or replaced and replaced is much easier and puts all the liability of something going wrong on the professionals. Bottom line, replace the rack and pinion assembly.
HAHAHAHA DUH! lol, i dont know what I was thinking. ok yeah ill just look into buying a new one.