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Shaun McCarren 04-15-2009 12:57 PM

Rebuilt Steering Rack?
I'm in need of a new rack for my 2000 ML55 (165k miles). I'm looking for "economical" solutions and am considering several rebuilt units ($350-800) and also came across a company that will rebuild my rack if I send it to them (for $200).

Any advice?


Shaun McCarren 08-14-2009 05:19 PM

Just following up...I found a company who rebuilds racks on e-bay no less...

Garo Steering
11781 NW 14th street
Plantation FL 33323

I had my original rack pulled...I bagged it up sent it to Miami and they rebuilt MY UNIY within 24 hrs. It cost me about $200.00. So far so good.

I've but a few thousand miles on it.

gmercoleza 08-17-2009 11:53 AM

Can you tell me the symptoms you experienced which led you to your rebuild?

Shaun McCarren 08-18-2009 11:14 AM

Well, unfortunately it's pretty obvious from the puddle underneath the car and the immense moaning sound when turning that made me check the PS reservoir. I made sure to top of the fluid every morning for about a week and it continued to get worse, I could only go about 7 miles before it would be close to empty (I don't believe in trying the sealants as fix) - make sure you use MB Steering gear oil. I was hoping it was the o-ring between the PS reservoir and the PS pump. Checked the boots on the rack and saw they were torn. The leak is usually at the end seals under the boots. It's a bit of a job to get the old rack in/out. I had my shop do it since I don't have a lift...I believe it's a 6hr+ job by the book. You will also most likely need new tie rods as they usually seize on (mine were replaced a year prior so were still removable). You will need an alignment as well.

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