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Power steering rack brand opinions and experiences, Feb 2022

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Re: Power steering rack brand opinions and experiences

Post by jmorman »

I replaced the rack on my 2000 s70 glt se at the beginning of April. Bought the smi rack from FCPEuro. I’m coming up on 2000 miles and zero issues.

Somethings that helped me:
In order to work under it somewhat comfortably, and safely, in my garage, I used wheel cribs I made from scrap 2x4’s. Mine are a few inches taller than a standard ramp.
Took the sway bar out. It just made it easier for me.
I tapped a flat screwdriver into the steering linkage to spread that collar. Left the screwdriver there to use as a handle to guide the collar on the new rack.
While I had everything apart I replaced the motor mount just above the rack and the O2 sensors.

My biggest mistake was being so tired on Day 3 that I had put the outer tie rods in the knuckle the wrong way. This made my rack 1.5” short on both sides. The rack I so carefully measured. I can laugh about it now 😂

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Post by Chuck W »

Got the rebuilt rack from United Power Steering over the weekend.
(Sorry for the slightly blurry pic. Was working fast and dodging rain)

Swapped out the R bar for a 21.5mm one from an '00XC at the same time, since I had the subframe down.

Cleaned out the system, installed new boots, and refilled with fresh fluid. Limited miles so far, but so far, so good.
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Post by bmdubya1198 »

Popping in here after Abscate's suggestion... I installed a TRW reman rack from FCP last year, so far so good. The previous rack I had was from O'Reilly and it was awful. Felt like crap, and it was leaking within a few months.
Unfortunately it appears that the TRW racks are on backorder currently.
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Post by abscate »

Thanks for review on the TRW RACK.


Info from parts geek June 2022

P80 AWD CARS…. only one option, Maval remanufactured. $465 + 160 core


DETROIT AXLE is the only new rack $265

Atlantic engineering, maval, bbb, cardone all rebuilt. $200-900 price range.

OReillys has a MasterPro brand remanufactured rack for $360 $160 core Limited lifetime warranty. The ports are listed as both 18x1.5 which is not right. Probably a misprint

The awd rack is $460 and 160 core

https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/c/ma ... rack&pos=0

United power Steering installed by Chuckw. Local to Midwest perhaps?


It looks like the TRW rack has been discontinued
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