Power steering fluid will dissolve the adhesive and nearly any tape, and then road grime gets in and grinds everything. A completely dry rack will either wear internally until it falls apart, or will seize up from corrosion.
Thanks guys. Another question....How much fluid to leave in the rack? Will a turn lock to lock push out enough fluid and still leave in enough for lubrication? Thanks again. I'm putting this rack from an LX into a GT. The manual racks for each car have the same part numbers so I'm thinking it will work. I'll let you know what happens.
Don't drain any out of the rack. Do your best when connecting the lines to keep all the fluid in the rack. When you loop the lines with the rubber hose...as the rack goes from left to right (for example) the fluid will flow through the line to the opposite side (left) of the rack.