1991 Toyota Corolla 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 117579 miles
My mech has told me the steering rack and the power steering pump are leaking oil.
I have been sceptical of this as there has been not a drop of oil on the garage floor and the power steering fluid hasn't gone down since I bought the vehicle a year ago.
(Also the rack is half covered by insurance, and he got a lower ball joint replaced saying it was completely shot, when there were no symptoms at all.) I played it safe with that one.
The steering itself has no play and is otherwise fine.
I have checked under the car myself and there IS a dark oil (nothing like the red DOT3 brake fluid that goes into the auto braking system).
This dark oil coats the rack near the pinion shaft to the concertina shoe and on the front oil pan below and to the front of the steering rack is ALMOST at the point of forming a drop from underneath.
I usually expect some oil coating elements beneath the engine. It looks like engine oil, but I'm no expert. Is this normal / nothing to worry about or something I should get repaired ASAP?
In the pic you can see where I have wiped the oil with my finger from the middle of the rack.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 AT 8:33 PM