The seals in my steering rack have failed. Here is a pic where I cleaned the area for inspection:
Take notice of the lower control arm. I sprayed it with brake cleaner - driver side.
Here is driving it 20 miles after just one day. The power steering fluid is weeping through the bellows boot wrapped around the inner tie rod.
The leak is coming from the seals where the inner tie rod fastens into the rack. I searched the forums here and elsewhere (and some help) and I noticed this is not an isolated occurrence. There is some confusion where to source another rack - many choices. It seems getting a brand new OEM replacement is not only expensive but also difficult to source. The refurbished units come in a variety where you could end up with something that doesn't fit or encountering the same leak soon after install.
I contacted Turn One and spoke with Jeff and discussed my options. Basically, they rebuild a lot of steering racks. He quoted me $200 for the entire service and includes dyno testing - they also use all OEM parts/seals. I was puzzled why my steering rack took a dump and he explained he was familiar with the cts-v and explained the steering pump produces excessive heat and is a root cause. It breaks down the seals over time and the cooler is insufficient for maintaining a safe operating threshold esp for sporting events.
Anyways, to avoid getting a wrong part or a 'lemon' replacement, I decided to have the steering rack rebuilt. It is not a quick turnaround time - 3-4 weeks as they have high volume this time of year when sporting events are over and everyone is scrambling to replace/rebuild components. Instead of replacing the steering pump, I'm installing a bigger Fluidyne power steering cooler and replacing all the weeping lines.
Just thought I would pass it along - thoughts/comments are welcome.