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Blowing steering racks

Stacey896 Apr 9, 2018

  1. Stacey896

    Stacey896 Member Audi S3

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    Hi all,

    A few weeks ago I discovered my steering rack was leaking massively on the passenger side. Gushing out. I then bought a second hand rack from a breaker which was in good condition, no leaks previously (checked behind gaiters) however less than 500 miles later it is leaking again, passenger side is gushing out again and drivers side shows leakage.

    The first week after replacing the rack, I kept a close eye on fluid level and retightened everything and it all seemed fine.

    As soon as I fill the reservoir up it empties pretty much instantly.

    Am I missing something that would be causing this to keep ruining them or just a case of bad luck on the 2nd rack?

    It’s a bam engine for reference.

    Thanks

    Stacey
     
  2. Method

    Method Member

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    I think it’s a bad luck and second hand things not the best option, especially when you looking for a steering rack. I know the new rack is not the cheapest but worth it.


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  3. Tj 0785

    Tj 0785 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Bronze Supporter Audi S3

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    You can get them reconditioned fairly cheaper than new ones
     
  4. S3YEP

    S3YEP New Member

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    Hi, I've had a reconditioned steering rack fitted to my AMK in June 2017 (£235 + fitting + vat), no problems yet. There was obviously a problem with my origional one that was fitted, as the steering wheel was never quite spot on after numerous wheel alignments. It is now!!

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  5. thegoal007

    thegoal007 Another S3 owner....

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    And I spent about double that replacing all mine with original/TPS set over a year/2 ago - I think that was with labour or maybe not, I cannot remember. The receipts are buried away somewhere.
     
  6. Warsuperior

    Warsuperior Member

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    too much steering fluid? full quantity is between 0.7-0.9 litres
    also old gaskets, if been dry long, might blow out
    or your pump puts too much pressure to rack but Im not certain if this is possible at all on a3/s3
     
  7. Mike760t

    Mike760t New Member

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    I had replace mine at 55k, the reconditioned one from Euro Car Parts failed suddenly about 8k later, just after the two-year warranty expired!

    I think they’re just not very good racks.


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  8. Stacey896

    Stacey896 Member Audi S3

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    I sold the car as spares or repairs. Had enough of the issues :thumbs up:
    Purcahsed a MK1 audi tt 180 quattro
     
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