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Steering Rack died!

cooper505 Feb 22, 2012

  1. cooper505

    cooper505 New Member

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    My steering rack has died on my '01 S3, decided to dump its entire contents all over the works car park (which I am not owning up too! :) ) so I shall be having a fun packed weekend underneath the car changing this.

    Also been having a few knocks from the front end due to it starting to now show its age, 183k and going strong.

    I am thinking while I am going to be pulling this all apart I may as well replace the bushes on the ARB, steering, front and rear wishbone with Powerflex and new top mounts. Kind of need it in the case of the wishbone bushes! Also changing the ball joints and tie rod ends.
    Drop links done not too long ago.

    Have I missed anything which I should be looking at for replacement while I have all this lot out?

    Just asking as I don't want to have all this lot out for someone to say while you were there you should have done this fix which can only be done when you have the subframe down.
     
  2. sportquattro

    sportquattro Active Member

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    Welcome to the club, I've just spent £1950 having my steering rack, pump, cooler and hoses replaced. Not amusing i can assure you.. good luck with the repairs, keep us updated.

    Nige
     
  3. hades-

    hades- Yorkshire & Humber Rep. Regional Rep VCDS Map User

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    god who ever did that had your pants down
    2K ****in hell
     
  4. sportquattro

    sportquattro Active Member

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    Plymouth Audi, parts prices were stupidly expensive esp the hoses.
     
  5. cooper505

    cooper505 New Member

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    Hopefully mine will not cost anywhere near that, so far about £250 all in including new bolts and nuts for the subframe and alike.
    Got a second hand rack from ebay, nice guy I got it from he even had a few handy hints for when doing this job. :)

    Will keep you posted on how it all goes. Going to try and get it all done on Saturday on the drive way so haven't got the luxury of a garage or anything lets hope its not too cold or going to rain!
     
  6. hades-

    hades- Yorkshire & Humber Rep. Regional Rep VCDS Map User

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    thats why you dont use audi for repairs like that
     
  7. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    Are you sure its the rack thats had it, has the steering fluid goes into some metal pipes under the engine and round the bottom of the radiator, and are prone to splitting...
     
  8. vrbob

    vrbob Thats no Moon, Thats a space station!

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    Had exactly this the other day and posted a thread about it so defo worth checking out
     
  9. cooper505

    cooper505 New Member

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    No I can see to oil pouring out of a split in one of the gaiters. So unfortunately it is the rack that has given up the ghost.

    Just one other question I have ordered powerflex front wishbone bushes in 45mm would this be correct for a '01 S3 (single unit headlight) version. Lets hope so as I may not be getting it all sorted for Monday otherwise!
     

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