power steering fluid in bellows - problem?

ftillier

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I'm replacing the tie rods (104k miles) - took it in for an alignment and the shop said they needed replacing. Decided to give it a go myself, and realized why they called for replacement: the lock not for the ball joint was seized (enough that I snapped my channel locks trying to loosen it - pipe wrenches ftw!)

I noticed there was some fluid in the passenger side bellows/boot, though there was no leak of any sort, and it was certainly not full. Enough though that as I was trying to get the lock nut off in order to slide the boot off, fluid got whipped all over the garage floor. Let's say maybe a few tablespoons of fluid, all told.

The drivers side has no fluid, just grease on the rack as I would expect.

I recently had the power steering system flushed (last spring). From my searching, a little bit of fluid on a high mileage vehicle isn't necessarily a cause for concern. Aside from keeping an eye out for seeping and dropping fluid levels, should I do anything now of will signs manifest themselves before things fail catastrophically? Are the seals in the rack even replaceable?
 
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Joe77

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I would assume your PS fluid level has been consistent? If you haven't had to top it up then I wouldn't worry about it. As far as I know, the rack isn't serviceable so i would leave it be until either it starts leaking or your steering is affected.
 

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