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Old 04-17-2014, 09:51 PM   #1
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Power steering running out of fluid again, turns out one side of the rack had some sort of blowout and is now leaking like a b!tch. Again. So now its time to put another rack in it. Again.


It seems like once every 2 years.


Is one any better than the next in offerings from Autozone and Advance that might hold out for say... 3 years this time, or are they all substandard crap?
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:48 AM   #2
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If you got the rack at autozone , call them because they have a limited lifetime warranty. I suspect that the expected life of a steering rack is far more than 2 years. They may replace it for free.
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I'm not sure if it was Autozone or Advanced. Which also means that I sure as hell don't have a receipt, which is the real injustice.


That and the fact that they purposely print the receipt with ink that will be completely illegible within 30 days. :P


I'm going to have to start taking photos of all my receipts and filing them.
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you should be in the system for the warrenty
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your pump might be pushing too much pressure and blowing out the rack...could also just be bad rebuilds. personally i would just get a manual rack since it seems that every 2-3 years you are paying for another power rack.
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your pump might be pushing too much pressure and blowing out the rack...could also just be bad rebuilds. personally i would just get a manual rack since it seems that every 2-3 years you are paying for another power rack.

Yeah, probably not going to put a manual rack on it. You do, of course know how fox bodys turn without power assist, right? They don't! LOL


I do have kinda beefy tires all around, though.
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they arent that bad with manual racks. i took out my p/s pump and drove around with the power rack for years with out a problem.
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But you have to admit, when you're in a tight parking lot trying to sneak into that parking spot, all the elements are working against you. Low speed, big beefy tires, and a turning radius similar to a dump truck. I live in an apartment complex that has a real tight parking lot, and its hard enough WITH power steering, the last thing I need is a manual rack to fight with.
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i lived in boston...street parking only on a steep hill.
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