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Old 03-22-2019, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Replaced rack and pinion steering gear

I backed out of the driveway a few days ago and the steering wheel ended up at 90 degrees out, by the time I got to the end of the road the was upside down. Got the car turned around and back home. Pulled in to the driveway and the wheel was back to normal. With the engine off, I could make the rack jump teeth. Not safe. Put the car on jack stands and prepped to change the rack out.
I followed the steps in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXmGVpyKp5Y&t=190s
I ran in to a big problem when I tried to loosen the pinch bolt on the steering shaft knuckle that attaches it to the rack. It slipped and rounded off the bolt head. Due to the tight quarters, I had a heck of a time getting the bolt pressure released to get it apart. Finally got the rack out and back in. Not a fun job but what a difference it made in the handling.
Two days later...the power steering pressure line starts leaking. I'll be changing that next week when the new one gets here.

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Old 05-07-2019, 01:31 AM   #2
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Default Re: Replaced rack and pinion steering gear

There is a recall on the steering for these cars. Not rack related though, I don't think.

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Old 05-07-2019, 06:42 AM   #3
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Default Re: Replaced rack and pinion steering gear

Right, the recall is for electric power assisted steering.

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