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    Hi there, I'm in need of a new steering rack as mine is leaking and my steering a s bit limp and seems to steer itself depending on the dips in the road. The question is, do you need to do it on a ramp and drop the subframe or will it come out through the wheel arch? I'm not too bad at working on the car, but not done a steering rack before. I know I'll need to do the tracking etc afterwards, but if I do this myself, it'll save about 4 or 5 hours labour at a garage. Vauxhall just quoted me £1200to do it!! Car is Vectra C 1.9CDTI 150 2005. Many thanks, Mark

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    did mine a few weeks ago ( 2003 2.0 DTi ) to get it out through the wheel arch you need to lower the back end of the subframe , getting the bolt out & back in again that holds the pipes into the rack was fun as well .
    also depends on where the pump is mounted , mine is behind the o/s foglight although I think yours might be on top of the rack .

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    I had a veccy B some years ago with a leaking rack, it was dripping about every second. Vauxhall quoted me £800+, but went to see my local mechanic and he emptied most of the fluid reservoir and filled it up with Wynn's Automatic Transmission and Power Steering Stop Leak and Conditioner. I had to top it up a bit after about 20 mins of driving, but it stopped the leak! Never has to top it up again in 2 years.

    A tin of the stuff was about a tenner, so well worth a go...

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