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    Hi all, my 53 plate 2L DTi dumped the contents of the Power Assisted Steering fluid reservior all over my drive on Friday night. Re-filling the reservior gave me back the power steering for about 5 miles before it lost all fluid again.

    Spent quite a few hours trying to locate the leak before taking it to a local mechanic. After removing all covers and a bit of swearing he managed to find the leak. It was from a pipe on top of the rack. But this is not one of the pipes that goes to the pump, it runs along the rack. Access in situ is impossible, couldn't even get a spanner on the bolt to check it was tight.

    Vauxhall claim that seals for these pipes are not available, the only fix is a new rack - they quoted as £377 + VAT. The mechanic is trying to source a cheaper one but it seems 1 of 4 types could have been fitted. Time to change is about 4-5 hrs (if it goes well) as the exhaust and subframe need to come off.

    Does anyone know if these seals are available? Any ideas on where to get a rack cheaper? Is there a way to identify the rack prior to removal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon987 View Post
    Does anyone know if these seals are available? Any ideas on where to get a rack cheaper? Is there a way to identify the rack prior to removal?
    That is exactly what happened to mine, the seals are not available separately it is a complete unit
    After Market Power Steering Racks are available
    I don't believe there is a way to correctly identify it prior to removal
    Dealerships will use TIS and then order OE parts from that

    £450 is not a bad price, assuming that is the part plus 4 or 5 hours labour
    After Market part is around £280
    Sadly access is very poor and the only solution is to remove the front sub-frame

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    Thought that would be the case - so it's a replacement. Unfortunately the price is only for the part, labour will be extra. Hopefully will be able to source an after market part, but pity that it can't be identifed prior to removal as that means the rack will have to come out, correct one ordered and then refitted... means I'll lose it for 4-5 days...

    Did you obtain an after market part or use genuine?

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    93172344 is a Pipe repair kit for both the pipes attached to the rack - these should contain the seals too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon987 View Post
    Did you obtain an after market part or use genuine?
    I only use OE parts on my cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by I cdti View Post
    93172344 is a Pipe repair kit for both the pipes attached to the rack - these should contain the seals too!
    Where did that part number come from?
    The dealership I use has never performed a repair (or so they claimed) and only offer complete replacements
    Presumably they tried it once and found access so poor they made it their policy

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    PN's in the EPC!

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    Strange policy if they have to take the rack out anyway

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    I gave my local dealership a call and the p/n came up - but from his discription I'm not sure if it includes the seals I need. Is there a pic somewhere online I can see to check it does what I want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I cdti View Post
    Strange policy if they have to take the rack out anyway
    It's their policy to never refit failed used parts
    Equally, they will not fit parts supplied by the owner, they will only fit their own (through the Parts Department)
    Basically, they are only interested in owners with cars under warranty, company cars, and those who would rather have complete replacement parts rather than repairs

    I've known this for a long time
    As an example, the level sensor on the coolant reservoir had corroded on my previous Vectra B
    I knew the sensor could be repaired, however they quoted for a complete new sensor
    They advised the costs were the same and the new part was covered by a 1 year warranty, whereas the repair would only be covered for 1 month

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