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Old 02-21-2019, 04:45 PM
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Hello all. First time here. My son has a 2014 Mustang V6. The other day I saw what I thought was coolant on the driveway. I replaced both radiator hoses and the thermostat and gasket. Today my son told me the car still has a leak. I checked all my work and everything is fine. I removed the splash shield and looked around. The only thing I could see was a little bit of fluid dripping from the Rack and pinion module. I called one of the local dealerships and they said the racks are not serviceable. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was your fix? Thanks in advance for any and all help.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:28 PM
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The dealer want to sell you a new rack. They are serviceable.
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Old 02-22-2019, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by joeylrod View Post
The only thing I could see was a little bit of fluid dripping from the Rack and pinion module. I called one of the local dealerships and they said the racks are not serviceable. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was your fix?
They aren't called stealerships for nothing.
The steering rack is definitely serviceable and the seals can be replaced. The stealership wants to sell you a new rack, install it, and give you a $1200+ suppository for the privilege.
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:49 AM
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Ok so from what I can tell the fluid is coming from somewhere around the rack and pinion module. I don't see anything coming from the engine block area. It's not leaking from anywhere else. Has anyone had this type of problem? Where can I buy the seals/ gaskets for it? Thanks
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by joeylrod View Post
Hello all. First time here. My son has a 2014 Mustang V6. The other day I saw what I thought was coolant on the driveway. I replaced both radiator hoses and the thermostat and gasket. Today my son told me the car still has a leak. I checked all my work and everything is fine. I removed the splash shield and looked around. The only thing I could see was a little bit of fluid dripping from the Rack and pinion module. I called one of the local dealerships and they said the racks are not serviceable. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was your fix? Thanks in advance for any and all help.
a 2014 Mustang has an electric rack and pinion. Most electric rack/pinions use a belt driven system. Motor with a gear, rack and pinion with a gear and a belt that connects the rack and motor. There is no fluid.

What color is the fluid and does it have a musty sock smell (antifreeze) You probably have a leak from a heater hose or coolant overflow hose that is dripping onto the rack module making it look like a rack issue. Or it could be the water pump.


Edit: Added EPAS rack/pinion teardown.

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Old 02-22-2019, 05:52 PM
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It does smell like coolant. The color is mostly clear with a slight tint of green. The coolant in this car is orange. Also, I physically checked under the water pump. No leak. There is no belt running to the rack. ???
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Old 02-25-2019, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by abbysdad View Post
It does smell like coolant. The color is mostly clear with a slight tint of green. The coolant in this car is orange. Also, I physically checked under the water pump. No leak. There is no belt running to the rack. ???
Did you watch the video tear down of the electric rack/pinion?

The belt would be contained within the system...
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Derf00 View Post
Did you watch the video tear down of the electric rack/pinion?

The belt would be contained within the system...
Your video, if referring to the one you posted, is water pump replacement...
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 08'MustangDude View Post
Your video, if referring to the one you posted, is water pump replacement...
Nuh uh...check again

Seriously, I totally blanked on positing the EPAS item previously. The original post has been updated to also include an EPAS Rack and pinion teardown.
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