mossman77 wrote:I posted a thread a couple of weeks ago regarding stiff steering on my recently purchased '04 G35 sedan. I was under the car this weekend while changing the oil, and noticed some fluid on the passenger's side steering rack boot (where the boot clamps to the rack). I am curious if this is the cause of my steering problem (overly stiff steering). According to the power steering gear component diagram (page PS-17 of service manual), there is an inner and outer rack oil seal, which I believe may be causing my leak. If these seals are leaking, perhaps there is air in the fluid lines thus causing the stiff steering.
I was wondering how difficult it is to replace these seals and what exactly would be involved. Any help/advice/assistance would be greatly appreciated. I reallly don't want to pay to have the entire rack replaced if the problem can be fixed by replacing a couple of seals.
While I would address the leaks (have the dealer do it if the warranty is still good), it's likely not the cause. For the PS to be diminished that much through leaks, it would have to gush out fluid. Secondly, air in the power steering lines would cause an erratic feel from the steering wheel as you turn the wheel (It might be percieved as small abrupt vibrations).