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 Post subject: 97 Rack & Pinion suprise
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:08 am 

Joined: Tue Oct 03, 2006 10:43 pm
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Location: Texas 75150
A good friend of mine gave me a new rebuilt rack and pinion for christmas.
The temps got up into the 70's last week so I decided to replace the rack and pinion.
Not a hard job to do. But when I pulled the lower mounting bolts for the brackets, I had
lots of water drain out of the threaded holes. The bolts where corroded badly and had to
be replaced. I also drilled drain holes in the spot welded body panels that are installed
from the factory to mount the rack and pinion. The old rack was so worn in the center that adjusting
the preload so the rack didn't rattle made it hard to turn the steering wheel when you got to the outer ends of the steering.
Just an FYI on adding drain holes when you replace your rack and pinion.

97 Geo Metro LSI,1.3L-GT-DOHC-16v,4.10 5-speed,A/C,170,000,suspension lowered 1",4 wheel disk brakes,15"alloy wheels with 185/50-15 Toyo's,GT bucket seats,analog oil pressure gauge,cruise control, new paint job. 40 mpg at 65 mph.
Good, fast, cheap. You only get two.

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