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Infamous steel rack bushing by tom10122
Started on: 06-14-2015 04:27 PM
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Last post by: Dennis LaGrua on 06-16-2015 05:46 PM
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After tracking down my clunk noise I found out that I have the steel rack bushing. I couldn't find much on it so am I correct in assuming no one has yet to pull it with the rack in the car?
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One guy did by welding a strip of steel to it so he could grab the strip of steel with a vice grips and hammer it out.

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You're better off pulling the rack, anyway. It will need more than just a bushing (like a really good cleaning and inspection). The grease in there will be hardened and useless and will need replacing.

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Disassembling and rebuilding the steering rack is not hard. There are only a few main parts, the rack itself, the pinion shaft/gear, two bearings, the bushing, two end boots and a shaft seal. The only critical part is to properly lube everything and index the rack to the pinion gear so that the steering wheel sits straight in the center position. IIRC the bushing GM used was bronze (early), steel (mid years) and plastic (on the 88). The rebuilt units that we've seen by Cardone all used the steel bushing.
Rodney Dickman's bronze bushing is high quality and fits perfect. There is no slop in the fit at all. Excellent product.

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