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Hi guys ,

If someone can help it will be much appreciated.

The universal joint conected to the splined shaft on the steering rack is just spinning when I turn the steering wheel so i assume the steering rack( and joint if you could advise me on this) will need replacing.
ive taken the wheels of and removed the plastic cover on the drivers side , I have managed to get a socket in there to take off the nut and bolt that holds the joint on to the splined shaft .

Now this Is where I am having problems trying to figure out how to get to the bolts holding the steering rack on to the frame , the access is very limited with all the pipes etc. I’m am wondering if anyone has done this before and has any tips how to do it ?

Any help will be very much appreciated

All the best

Tom
 

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Yeah done loads and they are horrible, what I normally do is unbolt the front diff and slide it forwards, then using a stubby 13mm spanner hold the nuts at the back, and use a rachet and long extension to undo the bolts from the front... It's fiddly but easily doable.
 

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Many thanks for your reply, can I ask if the steering joint normally needs changing at the same time or is it just the splines on the rack that wear out ?
 

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depends on style, some of them are made like a balljoint, those tend to gain some play and you may aswell replace those.

the ones like in the video, if they look fine, i dont see why you cant reuse the.
 

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It won't be the input splines that's the issue, it'll be the pinion bearings have collapsed so the pinion turns but isn't held meshed with the sliding rack.
 

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I managed to get the steering shaft out today , the splines on the rack look not too bad but on the coupling they look worn out any thoughts ?

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its possible someone jammed it on not aligned properly.

I could be wrong but I believe it only goes on one way.

make sure the steering wheel is straight,

and then I believe its 180 degrees on the splined shaft.
there will be almost two splines missing on the shaft, thats where the gap goes into the coupling.

not knowing what i just mentioned and hammering one on, will result in something like your coupling.

luckily the coupling can be replaced with 2 ujoints.
 
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