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    Default rack and pinion leaking?

    Hey guys, I recently just finished replacing all 4 ball joints on my silverado and outer tie rods, however while my truck was sitting overnight last night, on the drivers side tie rod there was a puddle of black liquid that was leaking from a small cut in the end of the bellow(the dust boot looking thing over the inner tie rod), i checked my power steering fluid and it is full and the color is normal... I dont know what this fluid is... I dont even know if there should be fluid in the bellow or if maybe its water that accumulated overtime and drained out as the tie rod was hanging overnight...
    should i be worried guys?
    2000 Chevrolet Silverado

    4.3L V6, 4L60E, 2WD, Single Cab
    Airaid CAI
    Poweraid TB Spacer
    Flowmaster 10-series exhaust (dumped)
    Edge CS insight monitor
    4.10 gears
    Limited-slip differential
    LS-1 Dual Electric fans
    Corvette tranny servo swap

    Head Unit: Alpine
    Speakers: Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" component set, 4X6 Infinity Kappas
    Subs: 2-12" Kicker CVT's
    Amps: Alpine-M1000 (subs), Alpine MRX-F65 (Speakers)

    305/70R16 NITTO Terra Grapplers
    16" PROCOMP 7089's
    2" leveling kit
    3" Fabtech Spindle Lift Kit
    Front/Rear-Bilstein 5100 shocks

    35W HID Low Beams
    RECON LED smoked roof cab lights
    HELLA LED taillights and 3rd brakelight
    HELLA FF-75 Aux. Reverse Lamps
    RIGID dually D2, flush mount, wide beam
    Hawk HPS Brake pads
    Russell braided steel brake lines
    Powerstop-red powdercoated brake calipers
    Powerslot Cryo brake rotors
    EGR in-channel window visors

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    If your power steering pump is full and you've never had to add any fluid, I'd say it was probably water, since you mentioned a cut in the bellows. You need to repair or replace that bellows. Water and dirt in there can cause some real nasty problems for you.
    Good Luck and God Bless

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    hopefully it is just water... i will try to replace it then... how would i know if the inner tie rod is bad?

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