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AcidCold 04-01-2011 06:03 PM

Rack & Pinion question
 
I removed my dust cover off of my rack and pinion to check for play in my inner tie rod pivot joint and found a lot of oil, Is this normal?
It might my the problem I have had for a wile now with my bad steering.
Maybe a bad inner seal?

NZ FLYER 04-01-2011 06:29 PM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
Your seals in your rack are leaking either a rebuild or a new one needs to be installed:

AcidCold 04-01-2011 07:25 PM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
Not good!

AcidCold 04-01-2011 08:56 PM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
It's official! This thing is damaged! What bothers me the most is that i bought a new wheel hub thinking that was the problem, then when i was about to install it, I traced the play to my spherical uni-balls which I then ordered just to find out it was my rack giving me problems all this time. Talk about money wasted!

SvenskaJeepGuy 04-01-2011 09:35 PM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
but now you have all those new parts, i did the same thing before.......

AcidCold 04-03-2011 10:18 PM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
New rack on order! This will be my fourth, Wish someone made something more HD.

ChrisWk 07-06-2011 02:33 PM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
I may have this problem too, I get a clunking noise turning the steering wheel and both boots on the rack that moves the wheels has what looks like oil,Is this thing bad what is the oil I filled up the power steering resovoir that was empty with the hydrulia fliud in march the level is still at full today. New to all the suspension stuff.

SvenskaJeepGuy 07-07-2011 01:01 AM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChrisWk (Post 443079)
I may have this problem too, I get a clunking noise turning the steering wheel and both boots on the rack that moves the wheels has what looks like oil,Is this thing bad what is the oil I filled up the power steering resovoir that was empty with the hydrulia fliud in march the level is still at full today. New to all the suspension stuff.

check for holes in those boots. they are filled with greee and you do not want water to get in there.

AcidCold 07-07-2011 06:52 PM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
My oil was always topped off but when I removed the boots, I noticed a small amount of oil bleeding threw. That means a seal is damaged and required the rack to be replaced. A pain in the @$$ to do! took me 6 hours in a private parking lot with minimal tools.

soontobesrt 07-08-2011 09:05 PM

Re: Rack & Pinion question
 
Damn, sorry to hear due but good thing is if you went/go to Napa or somewhere similar you can get rebuilt racks for like $100 or less pending on your model, I think for a 4.7 its like $75 or so.

Many people will sit here and tell you rebuilt is no good blah blah this and that but Ive dealt with many used racks on many different cars and Napa certifies them good as a new one. No issues what so ever, they're identical to new in that they've been torn down, cleaned, all parts replaced, new seals and new fluid added so they just bolt up like a brand new one from a dealer. Anyway, that said hope you're problem is solved.

Why have you gone through 4/5 racks? Do you do some serious off-roading or maybe if you have serious lift/tire I could see if you beat on it! Never had any issue with them and havent heard of many cases of steering system failures.


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