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Old 10-20-2010, 10:38 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Kubs View Post
My concern is twisting the rack into the pinion and damaging teeth. Any sort of twisting can damage the rack gear and then 5000 miles later you have to replace the rack assebly. I want to know if there are any long term effects doing it your way.
Using a wrench to remove the inner tie rod is not going to damage the rack. Just think about the forces that the rack has to endure on a daily basis just driving the car down the road. Imagine the force generated when you hit a bump or pothole at 20-30 MPH/KPH.

If the rack were that delicate, you would be replacing it at every oil change.
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