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My 147 (1.6TS 120hp, 2006) needs a new steering rack but there are so many options to choose from, whether it's a new unit or a reconditioned one?

Can anyone give any recommendations please because I'm getting lost in the search engines.

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Chris

PS this is my car/rack
 

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Up to you really. Depending on your finances, how much you like the car and are willing to spend etc, differences in cost between new and used.

I would think that labour costs would be significant with replacing of these, so it maybe better to get the best part you can get. If you can still buy new that sounds like a good idea, but many reconditioned racks are fine, or even getting your existing one reconditioned is a viable choice. Of course it comes down to workmanship and the quality of the seals used as to their longevity.

I would try to go to a power steering specialist if one is available, as they may be better at power steering rebuilds than a standard mechanic, or even a mechanic that specialises in Alfa Romeos.

Not sure on the type to buy, I'm not sure if they rack is the same for all engine choice, but it would be different depending on LHD or RHD.
 

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Up to you really. Depending on your finances, how much you like the car and are willing to spend etc, differences in cost between new and used.

I would think that labour costs would be significant with replacing of these, so it maybe better to get the best part you can get. If you can still buy new that sounds like a good idea, but many reconditioned racks are fine, or even getting your existing one reconditioned is a viable choice. Of course it comes down to workmanship and the quality of the seals used as to their longevity.

I would try to go to a power steering specialist if one is available, as they may be better at power steering rebuilds than a standard mechanic, or even a mechanic that specialises in Alfa Romeos.

Not sure on the type to buy, I'm not sure if they rack is the same for all engine choice, but it would be different depending on LHD or RHD.
Thanks Mike, ended up getting a reconditioned unit and will trade my old one in for it, including fitting will cost about £370, power steering specialist near me kept dicking me about and fobbing me off.
 

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I hate when people can't give you a straight answer with a job. They should just say 'we can't do it' at the start and save time and hassle.

That price sounds reasonable. For me at least.
 

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I hate when people can't give you a straight answer with a job. They should just say 'we can't do it' at the start and save time and hassle.

That price sounds reasonable. For me at least.
Well..... it was, however, i was expecting the part today, to be fitted today, but the guy i bought it off then sent a random message at a weird time, hasn't got back to me, and if the part isn't here tomorrow then the person who was gonna fit it cheap won't be able to and i'll be back to square 1, honestly man, i wish people were just straight forward when dealing with them.
 

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Grim.
What is termed remanufactured racks are widely available from a number of reputable companies. I'm sure ZF have/had a Midlands based depot and other companies such as AMK offer an exchange service. Even non stock items can be had next day. This shouldn't really cause issues but it sounds like things are not as they should be, unfortunately.
I hope it all works out well though.

As a side note, I even change power steering fluid whenever I'm doing something around the area of the rack. I've never needed a PAS rack and even clutch and brake hydraulics last longer with regularly changed fluid. Then again, so many cars have electric steering that this may be a thing of the past.
 
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