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From digest.v7.n121 Thu Aug 28 14:55:32 1997
From: "Steve D'Gerolamo" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 20:49:31 -0400
Subject: Steering Racks

>From: Mike Bethers <>
>Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 09:48:39 -0700
>Subject: <E30> Steering rack replacement..What else should I get done at
the same time?

>I took my 86' 325es in for a powersteering fluid leak and received the
>great news that I need a new steering rack/pinon to the tune of $849.00
>for a rebuilt. Is there anything else that I should get done at the
>same time considering I'm going to have to get a front end alignment
>after this.. I was told that these rebuilt steering racks from BMW are
>only warrantied for 12 mos..Anyone have any experience with these..

When I sell a rack for an E30, I include new sealing washers for the line connections, lockplates for the tie rod ends, and new boots with clamps. Probably not a bad idea to replace the tie rods while you're at it if they're the original ones. I'd recommend a ZF remanufactured rack as it will have all the latest engineering changes. These are warrantied for 3 years and are rebuilt by the folks that made the rack new. Make sure you've got a can of ATF to top of the PS reservoir. (Note, ZF offers an early and late rack for all E30's except the'll have to get the M3 rack through BMW. Don't buy off on the the parts house sales pitch that all E30 racks are the same) SD
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