Powersteering rack change on the 2000 Firebird

TransAmDan

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At the last MOT the guy said there was poil around the power steering rack boot/gator. Its directly below the oil filler, so though it could just be where II spilt some while topping up the oil. There was no detected play on the side to side shaking test.
Well when driving it does feel more wandery over the last few months. Getting under there to do the exhaust there is more oil on the gator. The level is still in range. The rack has done over 200k miles. I could take it off and send it somewhere to be reconditioned. Then thoughts how about just putting in a re-con one, and get my current one refreshed and stored in the loft as a spare.

So ordered a new steering rack with pipes.
My O2 sensors work, but also getting old, so thought I'd sling in new ones whiles I'm down there.

CARDONE​
20P038F (20-P038F)Power Steering Filter (8421.29.8090)
£ 11.54​
£ 0.00​
1​
£ 11.54​
2000 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 5.7L V8
BBB INDUSTRIES​
1030160 (103-0160)Rack and Pinion (8708.94.9900)
£ 126.49​
£ 54.17​
1​
£ 180.66​
BOSCH​
13444Oxygen (O2) Sensor (9027.10.1000)
£ 20.54​
£ 0.00​
2​
£ 41.08​
SUNSONG​
3405245Power Steering Return Hose (4009.41.0000)
£ 26.12​
£ 0.00​
1​
£ 26.12​
SUNSONG​
3401296Power Steering Pressure Hose (4009.41.0000)
£ 13.45​
£ 0.00​
1​
£ 13.45​

Should all arrive via FexEx on the 13th Feb. The Core charge thing is a refund if I send back my old. It will probably cost me more than that to ship it back. So not going to ship the old back.
 
When I changed the K-Member to a nice shiny tubular red one. I have to take off the two bolts for the steering rack. The only think holding it in apart from cable ties was the hydrualic pipes and also the steering column. I know I can remove the hydrualic pipes easy enough.
Not tried disconnecting the steering column yet. I may need to start soaking bolts in penetration oil.

Just got tracking info from Rockauto. So its onn its way in two packages. Only one location when I ordered. Took a bit of juggling around on the rock auto website with alternatives to get it all from the same depot to save shipping costs.
 
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I had a Rack conversion on my old 68. After a while it developed a small leak. Took it to a small workshop on the Burrfields estate near the Copnor end. Can't remember the name but I can find out if you want to re-furb your old unit.

By the way, they identified it as a GM rack. This was a 'Randalls Rack' conversion for Mustangs.
 
It's arrived, new pipes too and a filter. Also the new O2 sensors.
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Didn't see any magnets :(
 
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