I'm working on a 98 Honda Civic. I'm attempting to replace the inner seals. These are the seals which the steering rod rides on and which keeps the power steering fluid in check at that point. Here is a picture of what I'm talking about:
What you see looking at you is the end of the R&P unit with the outer tie rod end and coupler (is that what it's called??) pulled off. The black portion of the is the seal. It is recessed into the end of the unit a bit over an inch.
My question is: How do you remove the seal without damaging the rod or the housing? There is probably 3/8" between the rod and the housing. There isn't really enough space to fit something between the steering rod and the seal to then pull it out ... and I'd be more worried about damaging the rod (which would in turn tear up the new seal). So, who's done this and how is it done easily (or even less difficult) without damaging anything?