slow leaking power steering
Hello, I've been having some troubles with my power steering, the power steering fluid is leaking. It is not too bad at this moment, I top it off every 3 months or so, but I assume its a problem that might get worse with time.
I believe that it is the actual rack that is leaking, not knowing how the rack is built I can only guess, but I believe it leaks at the far end/ends. I base this upon some simple observations...
It leaks more if the wheels are placed in the more extreme positions. If I park the car, with the tires turned entirely to the right or left, it will empty out within a couple of days parked. If I take care and keep the tires turned forward it will as stated last 3 months or so, so I assume it only leaks when I turn while driving then.
If someone knew exactly how they were designed or had an exploded schematic (or whatever you'd call it) of it and all the gaskets, rings etc. It should probably be possible to be a bit more sure about the assumptions though.
All in all, what's more important is if it matters or not what is leaking. A complete steering rack does cost a bit, and I can imagine it being a pain to install.. Is it possible to obtain maintenance kits for these parts? I have experience maintaining hydraulic industrial systems and cylinders, so with some documentation and the needed parts, I should be able to fix a leak caused by gaskets or such, and assuming the leak is from the far edges of the rack might it be possible to reach without taking the rack out when lifted up?
it's an 156 98' TS