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Q: Leak at the top of the pinion gear. Not much, can smell the burning fluid. Use Lucas oil or replace the whole rack.

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Should I replace or get a kit for the rack and pinion or will lucas oil work for the seals.

My car has 95700 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: I would replace the whole rack and pinion. ...

I would replace the whole rack and pinion. You could try a rebuild kit if you want but as a technician I would suggest getting a new one. If you would like to verify the cause of the leak before moving forward with repair, a certified professional from YourMechanic can pinpoint the leak and help you proceed with repairs.

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