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Old 08-23-2016, 01:25 PM   #1
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I'm in the Worcester/central MA area and my steering rack has a gaping hole and is pouring out PS fluid. I bought a new rack and pinion, but where should I take it to be replaced? Really can't afford to get it fixed more than once so want to get it done right the first time. Any input or suggestions would be awesome thanks
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:43 PM   #2
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Alberto at Motive Autoworks in Woburn, is where I would bring it down. Jay and Alberto will do it right the 1st time.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:51 PM   #3
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There are lots of shops in MA and, where you are, CT.

Search in NASIOC for "shops" and you'll find plenty of threads.

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Old 08-24-2016, 02:29 PM   #4
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I've been speaking to Kinetic about my 11' STi steering rack replacement. I'd worked what I figured the $$ to be and they were $5 away from my number..

still hurts.. but I'd prepared myself a little and know better than to try the replace myself. I've done enough on these cars to know that's going to be a frustrating task.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:40 PM   #5
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I've been speaking to Kinetic about my 11' STi steering rack replacement. I'd worked what I figured the $$ to be and they were $5 away from my number..

still hurts.. but I'd prepared myself a little and know better than to try the replace myself. I've done enough on these cars to know that's going to be a frustrating task.

Exactly what I was thinking. Too much going on and really don't want to mess it up lol.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:38 AM   #6
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I've been speaking to Kinetic about my 11' STi steering rack replacement. I'd worked what I figured the $$ to be and they were $5 away from my number..

still hurts.. but I'd prepared myself a little and know better than to try the replace myself. I've done enough on these cars to know that's going to be a frustrating task.
Disappointing that a five year old car already needs the rack serviced. This is a proper PITA of a job, the fluid lines come in at an awkward angle and are easy to cross thread. Definitely change inner and outer tie rods, get a good alignment and be set for a long time.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:07 PM   #7
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Disappointing that a five year old car already needs the rack serviced. This is a proper PITA of a job, the fluid lines come in at an awkward angle and are easy to cross thread. Definitely change inner and outer tie rods, get a good alignment and be set for a long time.
agreed.. I haven't had to spend $$ on this car really so I'm not too mad.
Figured I'd do it proper with a newer unit, will be getting an alignment with this. I'll inquire about the tie rods actually
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:34 PM   #8
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Rack likely comes with new inner rods and boots, leaving you to supply the outers. A pair of Moogs off Rockauto should be ~$50.
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Where did you purchase your steering rack from?
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:43 AM   #10
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Where did you purchase your steering rack from?


I actually got one off eBay for I think $180, paid ECS about $675 to put it in.
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