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Richard Harvey
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Username: windy_weekend

Post Number: 10
Registered: 01-2020
Posted on Tuesday, 05 January, 2021 - 12:14:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Last month I took the plunge to get my leaking steering rack fixed once and for all. After having problems getting it off myself I found a local shop who did it for me so I could send it off to a reputable rack reconditioner for some new seals. It came back and got on the car apparently fine. A week later I took it out for its first drive only to find it leaking again, but this time worse than the original leaks. Not only am I a few thousand lighter in the wallet now, but I'm in the same boat I was in a matter of weeks ago.

A little extra context - this is a 2014 rack on a 1988 car. A service record from the previous owner indicated they had taken the car to Bentley reporting a leaking rack in 2015. They informed him that it had the wrong fluid in it (LHM when it should have had ATF). It definitely appeared that more than the wrong fluid was up though.

Questions for the community -

1. Is it even worth spending the money again on getting this rack back to the reconditioner (assuming I can get it off myself), or am I better off swapping it out for a new/reconditioned one?
2. If I were to swap this out for a reconditioned one would I be better off with an 80's rack or another 2014 one? Is there something about the much newer racks that is totally incompatible with the older vehicle specs that might be part of the root cause here?

Would love to hear everyone's opinions.

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richard george yeaman
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Username: richyrich

Post Number: 1161
Registered: 04-2012
Posted on Wednesday, 06 January, 2021 - 10:02:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Richard these racks are notorious for this type of bad service, The original racks were made in house and were a constant nightmare one gentleman fitted two racks in four hundred miles, I would buy an original second hand one and have it rebuilt.


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