Mechanic (good guy i trust but is not a Lexus expert) who is putting my new PS pump on says that the rack is leaking and did show me the split boot/bellow. He said that in addition to leaking, it takes in air and that caused my PS to foam, probably prematurely killing my pump.
I had read so many threads about the rack being blamed when its not by mechanics inexperienced with the LS and want to make as certain as possible before I drop another 3-500.
I know many veterans on here that are as good as any Lexus certified mechanic so I would like some feedback even though you cannot know for sure about my car.
Car is a 98 LS with 98k miles but did sit for extended periods as I am learning.