C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by Stickyfinger » 16 Jun 2018, 07:03

Cheers for the measurement.

Well I travelled to Wakefield yesterday and had my rack done ""same day" by Steering Specialists Ltd

I have to say the service they provide is very good, rack off in the morning, refurbished OnSite in their main facility (they do 1000's of racks btw) and refitted by 2.30.

All seems fine on the drive home. Steering was a little heavy but that loosened up after I exercised it in the Tesco car park getting supplies for the drive back.

Steering Specialists Ltd = Recommended.
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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by GiveMeABreak » 16 Jun 2018, 09:32

So what exactly did they do Alasdair in that time? A quick rub down of the pinion shaft rust and replace seal? What sort of cost as a comparison to getting a remanufactured or a completely refurbished rack? Did they apply any additional future protection measures at all?

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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by Stickyfinger » 16 Jun 2018, 14:07

They have a refurb-business on site, they completely strip it, new seals etc. They turn the p-shaft down & use a larger seal size.

They paint the shaft up to the seal and use a dollop of copper grease.

I will be modifying a boot (adhesive/boot-2-rack) to fit and fill with marine/propeller shaft grease.

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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by GiveMeABreak » 16 Jun 2018, 14:14

Yes, I'm making good use of that white marine grease around other areas of the car too. Glad it is all sorted, for the moment..... :roll:

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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by Stickyfinger » 16 Jun 2018, 14:24

for the price, very happy, a bonus to see their operation as it gives some confidence in a re-manufactured product. We all know the phrase "buy cheap buy twice" and I am sure we all worry about poor quality, half-arsed job type products.
I know I would be totally safe with the £1500 Citroen OEM one, but at v£450 fitted the re-con one is a good bet (made better odds by meeting them/seeing their main business).
I see no reason to think they are in the same bracket as Plyidies etc were a few years ago, my bet would be that they are set to become one of the "always trusted" go to places.

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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by bobins » 16 Jun 2018, 14:27

Did they set the tracking up afterwards as well ?

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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by Stickyfinger » 16 Jun 2018, 15:45

Yes......They even noticed a missing boot clip on a drive shaft, a new strap applied for me.

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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 16 Jun 2018, 16:03

When somebody gets used to doing a repetitive task they can do it quickly and well. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes.

About twenty years ago the law changed, in that electrical appliances had to have plugs fitted. The company I worked for was contracted to fit plugs onto small electrical white goods. It got to the point where I could fit eighty plugs in an hour. I found out that later the foreman was not convinced I could be doing this properly and safely, so he pulled aside two boxes (twenty items to a box) and checked them (there was already a safety inspector testing the items), and did not find any issues. He then watched me for a while, and after that he suggested to the others that they do the job in the way I did. We ended up completing the contract ahead of schedule, which meant the company (and ourselves) earned a nice bonus.

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Re: C5 X7 Steering Rack - Again!

Post by Sloppysod » 16 Jun 2018, 18:27

Stickyfinger wrote:
16 Jun 2018, 15:45
Yes......They even noticed a missing boot clip on a drive shaft, a new strap applied for me.

Alasdair - Was this the right hand side by any chance?

Also as per earlier post, the boot can be fitted with only removing the sealing donut at the bottom of the steering column, the steering column and the under tray. I only put a tie-wrap at the bottom of the rack.