Power steer­ing leak

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I have a 2006 Ford Fo­cus 1.6 petrol with 41,000 miles. It has de­vel­oped a slight weep from the steer­ing rack. Is there any suit­able ad­di­tive to the power steer­ing fluid that could be used to fix the leak or is it time to re­place the rack? David Gar­diner Ac­cord­ing to the data I have, your Fo­cus should be equipped with elec­tro-hy­draulic power steer­ing. This uses a thin­ner CHF fluid and an elec­tric mo­tor to sup­ply the pres­sure. Al­though there are ad­di­tives – such as this one

– which are suit­able for this sys­tem, my con­cern is al­ways pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion in the rest of the sys­tem. You do not men­tion where the steer­ing rack is weep­ing from, but I have seen these racks leak from the steer­ing in­put shaft and soak the driver’s car­pet.

It is most likely time to re­place the steer­ing rack. This will re­quire the sub­frame to be low­ered, and you will need align­ment pins 205-880 for the sub­frame when re­assem­bling. The cost of the steer­ing rack should be around £200, whereas the ad­di­tive will cost around £8.50.

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