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    Unhappy Vec B - Steering rack

    The wife was driving her Vec B and then the steering became very hard. I've just had a qick check and it looks as though the gaiter has blown a hole and thus deposited the fluid everywhere

    Is this common ?

    Model - 2.0DTi on a '51 plate with 73K

    Taking it in tomorrow to see what the real (£) damage is

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    Steering rack gaiter shouldn't be too dear, i'd say an hours labour.

    Are you taking it to Evans Halshaw?

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    gaiter won't be dear.. about £15.00 plus , as steve say's about an hour to fit..

    is it common...No is the short answer.. not in my experience.. i think it's more like ' one of those things'..

    if you were feeling brave you could change it yourself..

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    The car is ex BT (my old car) and it's still under warranty (?) so it will be going to the BT flreet workshop in Watford (where it was serviced - whilst a Co. Car).



    I managed to get home early to give it wash (turtle wax) then quick go with Megs Cleaner Wax followed by Megs Gold Class Liquid Wax.

    I was impressed how easy Megs is to use

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    I love that colour, my old veccy b was that colour. Had a steering rack go on me on that one. Hope you get your gaiter fixed relatively cheaply.

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    Thanks - I've just noticed how the 'no cycling' sign reflects in the bonnet

    I liked the colour too, but after having it for 4 years I needed a change, the ife likes it
    Last edited by Led; 3rd July 2006 at 23:17.

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    If the gaiter has split, it will normally be because the rack is leaking, the fluid builds up in the gaiter until it splits, I had one leaking a few yrs ago, temp fix was to clean the gaiter out (obviously you cant do that) and top up the fluid, got it through an MOT anyway, brace yourself for a new rack though, sounds like root cause to me.

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    Possible that the rack could have a leaking seal now you mention it.

    You could get the rack overhauled, i know a good little business that can turn a rack round in 24 hours for a good price

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    Sounds like a new rack. The gaiter only stops crud from entering the rack. If fluid is leaking out, the seals have gone
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    The car is now sitting at the BT Fleet workshop awaiting an inspection and report to go back to Lumley's the Warranty people.

    The Workshop manager was very confident that a "New Rack" will be supplied and fitted FOC

    It's just fitting it in to their very full schedule, though the small print does allow for a hire car whilst the other is in being sorted (max 7 days).

    Thanks for the replies.

    S73VE B - Why did you mention Evans Halshaw ? do they do deals ? I like the Monaro VXR in black they have there.

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