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1999 V70 Cardone PS Rack part - Important

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1999 V70 Cardone PS Rack part - Important

Post by JeffHicks » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:17 pm

Last fall I ordered and installed a reconditioned Cardone steering rack, from FCPEuro, in my '99 V70.

Up until this week it had been working fine. It has not been leaking fluid, and it has never been run dry.

On Monday, as my wife & I were out and about, the steering rack yanked the steering wheel loose from my grip as it turned the tires sharply to the left, then LOCKED. I've never before had anything like this happen. It was NOT a "loss of power steering." It was a complete and total lock-up of the steering rack AFTER it turned the tires sharply to the left.

Had we been going 70 mph down the Interstate (as I was the day before), this would certainly have pulled us through the median and into oncoming traffic lanes.

FCPEuro has offered to send me another unit, after I send "said suicide unit" back, but I'm pretty sure I'm not stupid enough to make the same mistake twice.


I'm not sure if I intend for this to be a warning, or a "WHAT THE [email protected]#!$#@!" rant, but if I can save potentially save somebody's life - as a result of not making the same mistake I did - these words of warning will be well served.
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by bmdubya1198 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:28 pm

Interesting. Glad you guys are safe and it didn't go worse! So, stay away from Cardone racks!
That's why I like FCP. Everything is lifetime warranty.
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2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 113k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 171k
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by JeffHicks » Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:12 pm

bmdubya1198 wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:28 pm
Interesting. Glad you guys are safe and it didn't go worse! So, stay away from Cardone racks!
That's why I like FCP. Everything is lifetime warranty.
I appreciate the lifetime warranty as well. But somehow it feels like installing a "free replacement" would be nothing more than continuing to play Russian Roulette.

It'd be different if it wasn't such an enormous PIA to replace the rack, and it'd be VERY different if this wasn't such a severe near-fatal deal. But there are some things a guy just doesn't want to repeat!
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by bmdubya1198 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:36 pm

JeffHicks wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:12 pm
bmdubya1198 wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:28 pm
Interesting. Glad you guys are safe and it didn't go worse! So, stay away from Cardone racks!
That's why I like FCP. Everything is lifetime warranty.
I appreciate the lifetime warranty as well. But somehow it feels like installing a "free replacement" would be nothing more than continuing to play Russian Roulette.

It'd be different if it wasn't such an enormous PIA to replace the rack, and it'd be VERY different if this wasn't such a severe near-fatal deal. But there are some things a guy just doesn't want to repeat!
I can't blame you at all. There are definitely jobs you only want to have to do once!
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 197k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 113k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 171k
1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 174k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
2006 BMW 330i
1999 BMW 528i
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2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by JeffHicks » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:13 pm

^ Haha - ain't that the truth! In 40 years of DIY wrenching I don't think I have EVER done a job that looked easier but was more difficult than replacing that stupid steering rack. It was so horrible it was almost funny. Almost...
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by erikv11 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:09 am

FCP's warranty is awesome, but it won't coax me into buying junk parts. Steering racks I go rebuilt (Jorgen automotive), axles I will never buy one of the Chinese pieces of crap.
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by JeffHicks » Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:22 am

Interesting side note: I wrote an honest review of this part on the FCPEuro website. It was not profanity-laced rant, nor a doomsday tirade. I just said that the thing failed, and explained how.

FCPEuro won't let the review post.
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by bmdubya1198 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:30 am

JeffHicks wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:22 am
Interesting side note: I wrote an honest review of this part on the FCPEuro website. It was not profanity-laced rant, nor a doomsday tirade. I just said that the thing failed, and explained how.

FCPEuro won't let the review post.
Hmm, that's interesting. Maybe they're getting full of themselves with all this advertising and how they're pushing their warranty now? Honest reviews are important!
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 197k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 113k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 171k
1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 174k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
2006 BMW 330i
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1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by j-dawg » Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:36 am

I always see these conspiracy theories about how xyz website is censoring my review or comment right above the original post they intended. Probably just takes a minute to shuffle through.
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Re: FCPEuro/Cardone Mini Rant

Post by June » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:13 am

bmdubya1198 wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:30 am
JeffHicks wrote: ↑
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:22 am
Interesting side note: I wrote an honest review of this part on the FCPEuro website. It was not profanity-laced rant, nor a doomsday tirade. I just said that the thing failed, and explained how.

FCPEuro won't let the review post.
Hmm, that's interesting. Maybe they're getting full of themselves with all this advertising and how they're pushing their warranty now? Honest reviews are important!
What good is a warranty if the parts are substandard potentially causing the car to be wrecked possibly causing death because correct me if I am wrong but a immediate complete left turn at interstate speed likely would cause the car to flip over?

Also that warranty does no good for the loss of use while waiting for the new part and then time for you to put it in plus aggravation. I wouldn't trust a replacement from them because that failure sounds terrifying.

On a side note when I was young my uncle had a 1973 Ford Thunderbird which I absolutely loved. He lived in a one traffic light town which happened to be in front of the only car lot, Ford. We were stopping at the light when the steering column snapped. What luck as the steering wheel was no longer connected to the tires. That was in 1974 and Ford fixed the car. Shortly later my aunt got out of the car at a newspaper box while it was still at fast idle and the car jumped into reverse and flew down the street ramming through someone's living room wall.

Six months after that Ford Motor Company sent notice to my uncle to immediately bring his car in to replace a potentially defective steering column. I am not sure what they called recalls back then. My uncle traded the car in immediately. Many times he would cruise us to Little Rock in excess of the 120 mph speedometer. He talked about what would happen if we had been on the road at that speed and it had broken then. We built such graceful looking, luxurious, powerful cars here in America back then, but the quality was sadly lacking. As that company who rebuilt your part sounds just as bad.

So really what good is their warranty if you are dead or minimally the car is destroyed? Would they replace the car? Or pay for your injuries? If anything this post should warn people that the brand rebuilt rack-and-pinion they sell should be avoided. June
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1989 740 GLT ordered
1994 850 4door standard shift ordered
1996 960 ordered
1998 S90 ordered totalled after 3 weeks
1998 V70 GT dealer stock car
2002 S80 T6 ordered totalled
2004 S80 T6 dealer stock car and current car owned

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