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Old 11-09-2006, 01:24 AM
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I'm a newbie, had a look but can not find a how to!! Want to replace the power steering rack on a 98 new beetle ( well dont want to have to Any help greatly received. I have the VW NB Service manual which shows me an exploded picture of the rack and helpfully tells me that no internal parts are user servicable so replace the rack but it fails to describe this task, unless of course the section for this is not in the steering chapter!

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Old 11-09-2006, 06:09 AM
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unhappybug, I am sending this thread to a better forum, for specific traffic for your issue. Good luck to you, and Welcome to the Org!
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Old 11-09-2006, 01:12 PM
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You'll probably want to pull a wheel, maybe both. Use jackstands, I think you'll need to lower the subframe a bit to wiggle it out.

There's 4 bolts holding the rack to the subframe; .. And ... now that you mention it... I realize I have no idea how the power steering pump comes into the picture. :/

IMO: 2 jackstands on the front, remove both wheels, leave suspension attached, remove the rear engine mount, I can't think of which bolts hold the subframe up, but I don't think you'll need to disconnect the control arms. I also wonder if the stock sway bar is going to be in the way.

Sorry, not so much a how-to as a what I think may be involved... Again, I'm not sure how the power steering plays into things, you might need to bench bleed the rack or something....
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Old 11-12-2006, 10:55 PM
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UnHappyBug..why are you replacing the power steering rack? I was just wondering because I have a 05' 1.8T and I had to have mine replaced about 2 weeks ago.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:15 PM
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Do you have the bently manual? The Hayne's is reported to be shyte...confirmed by my observations when browsing through the book.
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