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    Senior Member Three Rings A4 Dream's Avatar
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    Exclamation How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

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    title says it all... I havent driven my baby in about a month because of the rack and pinion leaking. I havent had time to work on it until now. I actully just found out that it was leaking.. I knew I had a leak but couldnt find it without a little help.

    Now.... how do I replace it? Some one have a site to tell me? Or wanna give me some tips...

    thanks. I NEED HELP ASAP!

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    Veteran Member Four Rings B5A4Kevin's Avatar
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    Re: How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

    if i remember correctly, there are 3 10mm 12point bolts. you will need a 12-point 10mm swivel socket for the bottom one, but it is very helpful for all of them. basically, you need to raise the front, remove the wheels, disconnect the tierod ends using a 13mm and 16mm sockets/wrenches. air tools and anti-rust spray help a lot too.

    there are 2 of the said 10mm bolts that face up. these are in the cowl area near the brake booster and battery. the third bolt comes from the underside, and you need to access from either the heatshield area from up top, or from underneath the car. it is on the drivers side.

    you will also need to remove the drivers storage compartment (under dash panel), and disconnect the rack from the column.

    there are also the 2 fluid lines (best to loosen these before removing the 3 10mm bolts). 19mm and 17mm iirc. make sure to bleed your power steering afterwards. and you will also need an alignment after transfering the tie rod ends.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings ghost6303's Avatar
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    Re: How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

    how do you know what rack and pinion you have. i found some rebuild kits for a 96 a4 quattro and they have a z.f. type kit and a cabriolet type kit. any info would help...thanks

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    Veteran Member Four Rings zrowcool's Avatar
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    Re: How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

    i think theres a zr type and a koyo type. I'm pretty sure they are interchangeable but you might want to double check. I know the difference is one has a damper while the other doesnt. Its not a bad DIY but would take some time.

    Gotta take off knee bolster and disconnect steering column.
    Take off tires and unbolt Tie rod ends
    Then you have i think 12pt 10 mm bolts. One is by the brake booster and the other is under the battery.
    then you unbolt the 2 lines and you should be able to pull it out through on of the wheel wells. theres a plastic cover you might have to remove but not too bad.

    i did it my first time in about 2 hours by myself. that includes removing the old one, replacing the new one and bleeding the system.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings walky_talky20's Avatar
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    Re: How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

    I've never done it, but here is a DIY article I ran across:

    http://audi-diy.blogspot.com/2007_10_28_archive.html

    Good Luck.

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    Senior Member Two Rings pja0750's Avatar
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    Re: How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

    mines leaking to and its about a 2 hour job in a shop but id add 2 more hours someone that hasnt done it before
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    Registered Member Two Rings
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    Re: How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

    Thanks all the feed back will help out alot. I'll let you know how it goes

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    Re: How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

    Don't forget to align the car when your done.

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    Re: How Do I Replace rack and pinion?!

    where are you guys going to buy yours?? I need one ASAP :(



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