Ok, so I finally got her back this afternoon. And can I just say, I highly recommend being without a car or in a non-hydraulic Citroen for 2 weeks and then getting back in your baby....absolute bliss on the short ride back home.
So as I promised, here are the pictures of the failed 'new' Citroen rack before I send it back to Autosteer.
These are high res photos, so you will need to click on each to zoom
|(1) Here's the Full Rack||(2) The Label for Reference (a ZF Rack)|
|(3) The Other Label||(4) The Input Shaft|
|(5) Rusted to Hell||(6) Another Close Up|
I would suggest that there is the possibility of water dropping down from the scuttle area onto the rack - or that pressure washing may be a possibility as I pressure wash it every month - but will be making a concious effort to avoid the scuttle more than I already do now.
I am very pleased with the work. The guys did a fantastic job and modification with the boot over the shaft - and they left the tie boot purposefully open at the bottom to allow egress. But they all agreed it was a poor design to allow water to just sit in the input shaft seal area and rot the shaft.
At this rate of reconditioning / machining- I suspect the shafts will soon be the size of matchsticks!
I'm now going to go and pack up the rack to go back to the sorting office, bleed the car myself (so I know it has been done as per recommendation) and be back in time for cornflakes