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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2019, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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steering rack for 1997 formula

So my car is in for transmission service (also got a tranny leak around the pan) and I am told the steering rack is leaking a little, and it needs to be replaced.

They say gm no longer makes one so they have to install an aftermarket one.

Anyone have experience with aftermarket steering racks? I didnt even know mine was leaking till they told me.

Should I just leave the rack as is and not let them touch it?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2019, 07:35 PM
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Most common leak spot on GM rack is the end boots being torn. These should be available as spare parts. Either from GM dealer of parts stores like auto zone, advance, etc. Try ebay also.

Another common leak is where high pressure hose goes into rack assembly.
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Thanks again cocobolo95!

It was leaking at the shaft connection and I was told the only option was to replace it. They installed a bbb rack, but now...it feels as if i have to turn the wheel more to steer the car when compared to before.

I read somewhere that the LT1 cars got a "faster" rack than the V6. However, I just checked rockauto, compared both 1997 V6 3.8l with the V8 5.7L, and all the part numbers were the same. So now I am confused! Did I end up with the one designed for V6?
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That is possible. It could be that both replacements are the v6 rack. Or it could be that both replacements are the faster rack.


BBB industries has a web site. I would go to the following link and ask their customer service about the steering racks. BBB Industries- Premium Alternators, Starters, Power Steering Products and Turbochargers | BBB Industries- Premium Alternators, Starters, Brake Calipers, Power Steering, Turbochargers
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thanks again

checked the website for specs, looks like 2.3125 turns lock to lock.
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