Is that area, say the inner lip of the section where the boot clamps onto, supposed to be bone dry? When I replaced my inner and outer tie rods, I had a tiny bit a fluid that seeped out of the driver's side inner tie rod boot for a couple days, then it stopped. Is this too be expected when opening up that area to replace the tie rods? Or is any, even a small amount, of seeping liquid a sign that a seal should be replaced.Still, there shouldn't be fluid inside the boot. It's only there to keep dirt and water away from the steering rack seal and I'm guessing the boot tore awhile back and dirt eventually got into the seal and damaged it. The seal on the steering rack needs replacing as well as the boot.