[DML] Re: Rack & Pinion problems
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[DML] Re: Rack & Pinion problems

I saw that happen on a car that had maybe 2500 miles on it. The 
bushing on the passenger-side end had just disintegrated. This is a 
non-available part, so anyone who rebuilds the racks is having the 
part made locally (it's very hard Nylon or Delrin-type plastic). To 
replace it you also have to remove the inner tie-rod end which if I 
recall correctly is pinned in place. 

The car that I saw this on was being driven but the complaint was 
uneven steering and lots of clunking noises up front. No permanent 
damage, but over time it would have beat up the end of the housing 
and the rack itself. Unless you are a machinist, and can figure out 
what the plastic parts were supposed to look like all in one piece, 
you are probably in the market for a professionally rebuilt steering 
rack. I think all the vendors are providing this as an exchange 
service as this rack does not cross to any other car, and there are 
no more new ones. 

Dave S

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "cupsdmc" <cupsdmc@...> wrote:
> I noticed a clunking noise after unloading my car off my trailer 
> Pheasant Run.  I finally got around to checking on it today and the 
> right front wheel had some slop in it.  I took off the wheel and 
> noticed the slop is inside the boot(passanger side) on the rack and 
> pinion steering.  I slid the boot off and a bunch of plastic crumbs 
> came falling out.  It looks like it may have been a bushing in the 
> of the steering unit. I haven't been able to find a part on any of 
> vendors sites.  Do I need to replace my whole rack and pinion unit 
> can I simply replace the bushing.

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