From jrench_at_pacbell.net Tue Oct 1 10:54:46 1996
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 1996 08:28:47 -0700
From: Jim Rench <jrench_at_pacbell.net>
Subject: Re: Steering Rack
Dale Beuning wrote:
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> The leaking rack is a very common problem with the E30. I have
> heard of people rebuilding these racks for around $50. Replacing
> with a rebuilt for $300, and with a factory new unit for $600.
> All numbers are parts only and aproximates. I haven't replaced one,
> but I've replaced everything around it, so I think it should only take
> 3-4hours shop labor.
> hope this helps
> > On my 87 325is, the steering rack is leaking on the passenger side right
> > at the inside edge of the rubber boot. I take this to mean some kind of
> > seal is worn. What am I into here? Do I need a new seal/gasket kit, a
> > used or rebuilt rack?
> > Any suggestions or help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
> > Jim Rench
> > jrench_at_pacbell.net
> | Dale Beuning |
> | email: dale_at_unofficialbmw.com |
> | web: http://www.unofficialbmw.com |
Thanks, Dale! - My solution seems to be a used rack from BMW Auto
Recycling in Sacramento - $175 w/a 6 mo. warranty. Labor will be about
$250. I was quoted $525 + labor for a rebuilt one, albeit with a
I figure I can take my old one and if a rebuild kit only costs $30, I
can keep it for the future or sell it to some other poor soul.
So thanks for the quick response!
From digest.v5.n320 Wed Oct 2 12:04:38 1996
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <steved3_at_village.ios.com>
Date: Wed, 02 Oct 1996 14:11:06 -0400
Subject: Steering Rack Remfg Units
I would strongly suggest using a ZF remanufactured steering rack over the
slightly cheaper aftermarket rebuilds available on the market...ZF
incorporates all the latest engineering changes (basically the latest seal
& o-ring updates). For the ambitious owners, BMW does offer rebuild kits
(seals & o-rings) for the E30 racks...part # 32131128685 for 84-10/86 and #
32131132798 for 11/86-91 (each is around $70.00 mail order price, $100.00
list). The ix kit is # 32131137410. You should consider the "mount kits"
for all of these as well. SD
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