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Rack and Pinion replacement

Hello everyone, I have rack and pinion that I know has a seal leak but it is very slow. I am about to overhaul the front end suspension components and feel as if I should just go ahead and order a new rack and pinion for my 4th gen prelude. the bellows are cracked and worn. It also needs new inner tie rods. By my calculations it makes much more since to put a new rack in the car because I essentially have to pay around $80-90 more vs putting new inner tie rods and bellows on one that will still have a leak and has over 230k of use. Please chime in. THANKS
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Re: Rack and Pinion replacement

You should trust your gut.

Your logic is sound imo.
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Re: Rack and Pinion replacement

A cheap rack may leak quicker than a Honda rack.
Where exactly is the leak? Are you doing this work yourself ? I can walk you through a seal replacement if you want, and if you can confirm the exact point of leak, taking apart a rack is alot easier than it may seem at first, there are a couple of seal kits and the only uncommon tools you need are snap-ring pliers and a 22mm wrench IIRC. I converted mine to manual, but I threw in fresh seals for the hell of it.
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Re: Rack and Pinion replacement

well yea I can do the work when it comes to replacing the seals in the rack. Though, I have never done that specific job. I have tools available to me that normally aren't carried by the average Joe through a friend of mine. I have parts sales experience and I can get the remanufactured rack and pinion through my work. It will be a cardone rebuilt rack for my bb1. I'm considering doing the rebuild. But, shouldn't the rebuilt one be just fine? I mean they are rebuilt from original Honda racks with new seals and everything. That's why you trade your core rack in so they can also rebuild that one.
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Re: Rack and Pinion replacement

There is that method. But I assumed that some companies go out of their way to manufacture crappy ones, with their own molds, etc etc... I'm prolly wrong on that.
Ya, I dont know exactly what parts they rebuild, such as to inspect the spindle for wear and the pinion cage roller bearings, there was a lot to consider when I rebuilt mine. I was looking for every little scratch and reason to replace metal parts, didnt end up doing it because it all looked good and gotta be careful while pulling things apart, they can get damaged if you use too much force. I just threw in new seals and bolts all around. I still want a new rack guide screw because mine looks scored a bit. I assume those rebuild guys just do the seals and dont look or care for signs of tooth wear or grindy bearings. I know I'm going a little overboard, but thats what I DO !!
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Re: Rack and Pinion replacement

Yea man, I'm not ready to go that far. I hate to do it but I will have to just hold off on the rack replacement for now. I think I will just get the bushings and ball joints all replaced for now and then in the near future I will just get in there again and pop that bad boy out and take care of it then. I suppose I'll milk that rack for everything its worth. Either way its a double edged sword.
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I converted mine to grease... Its with me for life
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Re: Rack and Pinion replacement

static420 do you mean manual steering or something different?
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ya its gonna be manual when its back in, I have a whole write- up on it
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