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Steering Rack Replacement

Discussion in 'Suspension / Steering' started by SpeedDemon, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. SpeedDemon

    SpeedDemon Well-Known Member

    Got a GTS hatchback. Seals in the rack and pinion are leaking bad. A quart of Powersteering fluid a day. I need to replace this thing. How hard to get it out and what does it take. Any write ups would be awsome. I haven't been on here in ages. Site has changed so much. Did a search got nothing relevant.
  2. 88st165

    88st165 Well-Known Member

    It would be much much easier to pull the engine and replace the rack. Im sure it can be done with the engine in the car but it wont be easy by any means.
  3. SpeedDemon

    SpeedDemon Well-Known Member

    Thanks.... I figured that much.. 8)
  4. Celic_GT2

    Celic_GT2 Well-Known Member Moderator Donated!

    well.... if you drop the sus member, and the exhaust flex pipe. you will have pretty easy access to the rack. pop off the lines, 4 bolts, the tie rod ends. and it will fall out.
  5. schmooot

    schmooot Well-Known Member

    Ya its easier to drop the rack out the bottom than remove the engine. They are really only held on by two brackets and then the two arms...and the power steering fluid lines of course
  6. Rick89GTS

    Rick89GTS Well-Known Member Moderator Donated!

    ^Good info info to know, I may have to do this soon. Glad you guys shared your knowledge and experience. Thanks!
  7. 187flatliner

    187flatliner Seat Breaker Donated!

    I dropped both cross braces underneath and had alot of room to remove it...took maybe 45 minutes. Which reminds me that i had to redo it cuz its leaking again.
  8. Rick89GTS

    Rick89GTS Well-Known Member Moderator Donated!

    If you dropped both cross braces, did you have to put a jack or something under the engine for safety?
  9. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    nope. the 2 side mounts hold it fine.

    FYI do not remove the motor mount brackets from the cross member. just pull the big bolt.
  10. racerb

    racerb Well-Known Member

    ^What he said^

  11. Rick89GTS

    Rick89GTS Well-Known Member Moderator Donated!

    My steering rack packed it in last week :(
    Looks like I'm gonna have to do this fix now....ugh.
    Gotta find the time, life is so damn busy now.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2017

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