From digest.v7.n150 Thu Aug 21 09:28:28 1997
From: Christopher Pawlowicz <chrisp_at_doe.carleton.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 08:12:52 -0400
Subject: <E30> Steering Rack Rebuild ?
Jon R. Lewis asked
>i need to replace or rebuild the above and i need some input:
>can the steering rack be rebuilt/converted to manual rather than
>power? this is my first choice. if not, has anyone tried the
>korman manual conversion for $600 or so (as i recall)? or, how
>about the custom steering racks available from pegasus?
You can safely and easily convert your power steering to manual by
- cutting the belt to the power steering pump (snip!)
- if your seals are leaking (like mine were) loosen the rubber bellows
and drain most of the fluid
- re-attach the bellows with some new tie-wraps
ta-daa! non-power steering. oh ya,
d) send me $300 and think about what a deal you got compared to korman :)
my seals blew in the spring, my mechanic (BMW ind.) did the above (like he
has done with many many e30's) and works fine.
much more steering feel at speed - I really like it
much more effort required at parking speeds (duh!) - but even my
hulking bicep-deficient GF manages to park the car without too much trouble.
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