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Old 20 Oct 2009, 04:37 pm
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Default Steering rack replacement

Is it true that the PTGT steering rack is a "sealed" unit? The dealer says I need a replacement (at 23,000 miles!) and that there are no seal kits to do a rebuild to stop the fluid leaks. Anybody have any info on this? Thanks.
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Old 20 Oct 2009, 10:01 pm
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I don't know what they mean by sealed unit but, I just had to replace the rack on my car. I tried to find a rebuild kit first and was told they don't make one for it.
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Old 21 Oct 2009, 06:07 pm
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How much did you end up paying for the rack? How was the R&R? I have the start of a problem on mine.
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Old 22 Oct 2009, 06:12 am
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The rack was 225.00 at Advance. The r&r was not difficult but very time consuming. I think it took me 6 hours. This is a good time to upgrade your tie rod ends as well.
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Old 19 Apr 2010, 07:31 pm
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Most racks are replaced as units, I dont think the dealers even rebuild them in house.

Here is a tip, get a turkey baster and a couple times a year suck the fluid out of the reservoir and refill it with fresh ATF. This will keep the fluid fresh and lengthen the life of the rack. If you really want to, you can crawl under and disconnect the low pressure line and drain it into a bucket and refill. A magnafine filter in line with the low pressure line also isnt a bad idea.
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Old 05 Aug 2010, 11:53 pm
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Is it true that the PTGT steering rack is a "sealed" unit? The dealer says I need a replacement (at 23,000 miles!) and that there are no seal kits to do a rebuild to stop the fluid leaks. Anybody have any info on this? Thanks.
Because the entire steering rack is a sealed, self-contained unit, it's usually more replaceable than it is repairable. Common problems like wobbling, play in the wheel, and wandering don't necessarily mean your steering rack has gone bad - it may be do to strut and/or suspension problems.

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Old 28 Oct 2010, 07:13 am
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For a 2003 PT, how does one determine if it has "Firm Feel Steering" or "Standard Steering"?? Where would "4656746AK" be stamped on the rack if it is on the rack, esp, is it visible without removing anything?
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Old 31 May 2013, 02:45 pm
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For a 2003 PT, how does one determine if it has "Firm Feel Steering" or "Standard Steering"?? Where would "4656746AK" be stamped on the rack if it is on the rack, esp, is it visible without removing anything?
I was wondering the same thing, but apparently the firm feel steering is only on GTs with a manual transmission, according to the parts catalog for a 2004, anyway.
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If you feshen the fluid, the racks hardly ever fail. Now the inner and outer tie rod ends can wear and need replacement.
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