Against all advice I rebuilt a leaking 2001 CRV steering rack rather than buying a new one. I think I have a couple final issues, wondering how and if to solve them, hoping I do not have to strip it and start again, so advice welcome.
While it was sitting in the garage for maybe a couple weeks, after being put together but without fluid or oil in it, it may have developed a little rust on the interior. This was not an original problem, and it may be only on the fluid inlets not in the shaft.
Any opinions on whether this can be flushed out and not get continue developing with use once it is filled with fluid.
And for an initial flushing or 2, can I just use cheaper American steering fluid and not the Honda stuff until I fill it to actually use again?
Will 10 minutes of using the wrong fluid destroy the seals, etc?