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Old 11-26-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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2004 WRX STi

Default Broke bolt on rack

Was changing out the steering rack bushings today on my 04 STi, and snapped the front bolt holding on the passenger side bracket... it's an older car and those bolts were rusted to ****... penetrating oil does nothing and can't even get in.

Question is I have the bracket in place with only 1 bolt holding it, so far there is no problems when driving and turning, but should I take it to a place to get that fixed or is it ok to leave as is? The bolt is so small and so far stuck in there I don't know how that's even fixable.....

Also just as a comment, I love how the design of the car is so impractical for something simple like changing out rubber pieces... having all the power steering lines in the way on the driver side is beyond retarded... those lines could have easily been moved out of the way.... then again it is an 10 year old car... but still infuriates me.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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2004 STi


Get it fixed and drive VERY sedately until you do. If the bracket bends, or the other bolt fails your steering will go all wonky.

I changed mine out a while ago and the easy(?) way is to disconnect the steering column. Don't touch the steering wheel, or wiggle the suspension and you can stab things back together with everything in proper alignment.
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