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jjskribs
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Mar 7, 2008, 12:44 PM

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I just had the steering rack replaced on my 2000 Dodge Mini Van and it is steering very hard at slow speeds. I returned to the mechanic and he said a new steering rack requires a 500 mile break in period. This doesn't sound right to me. Am I being scammed?


way2old
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Mar 7, 2008, 7:05 PM

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I have never heard of that. If the rack and steering system was completely bled, there should be no reason for hard steering. There is a possibility there is more than 1 rack unit for your particular vehicle. Other than that, I do not know what else is going on.



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Charlesmac
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Mar 7, 2008, 8:08 PM

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Sounds to me like possiblity of a weak steering pump, or loose belt, did your rack start leaking, and did the steering pump go dry? if so it is very possible the the pump went bad, like way2old stated never heard of a break in period
for a steering rack, and have worked on many of them. hope this helps.


jjskribs
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Mar 8, 2008, 9:30 AM

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Thanks for the responses. I know it's not the pump because that was replaced the week before because of leaking. After it was replaced the van started steering hard so I brought it back and that's when they told me that I needed a new rack because the pressure of the new pump along with the old rack was making it steer hard. After they replaced the rack it was even worse! This garage came very highly rated by lots of our friends but I think the guy doesn't know what he's doing!!!


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 8, 2008, 11:09 AM

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Just a note: It seems the leaking pump was fine for power available and the problem started with replacing that as both the old and new racks were not steering easily with that new pump - right?

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jjskribs
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Mar 8, 2008, 12:14 PM

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That's correct. The steering problems started after the pump was replaced. I was told that the new pump created a pressure difference with the rack and so the rack should be replaced but that didn't fix the problem.


Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 8, 2008, 2:03 PM

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Weeeelllllll! Kitty says something is wrong in paradise since this started with the new pump! Pump itself or a problem with the installation. I suggest you bring this up with the ownership of this shop,

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