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Old 05-25-2020, 01:50 PM   #1
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My ZF steering rack was leaking very badly, so I bought a rack from a local salvage yard to replace it. The replacement turned out to be a CAM rack. After installing the replacement, I found it is leaking from the input shaft. Not very much, but enough that I would rather get my steering rack leak-free.

So I took my ZF rack to a local steering rebuild shop. They said their supplier didn't have a kit for rebuilding it.

But they're selling the kits on ebay?

Like this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/223528824897

Sure, bring us the kit and we'll fix it. But if it's not right, you'll get the rack back in pieces.

They also pulled out the rack on the toothed side and took a look at it. They saw some scratches, but no pitting, and they said it could be rebuilt. They seemed to have total confidence it could be done if they had the parts.

So is that ebay kit correct? Here is a picture of the data plate from my ZF rack.

https://imgur.com/nmbQLVR

The part number 7832155 is on the rack as well.

I sent that image to the ebay seller with the same question, but haven't heard back yet.

I also found this site selling a kit: https://powersteeringseals.com/produ...ies-1979-1988/

Anyone have any experience with either "Best Parts Online" or "Power Steering Seals" and their rebuild kits?

My alternative would be the Maval rack from FCP, but many of the threads on the Maval complain about it leaking.
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Old 05-25-2020, 03:42 PM   #2
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Just send your rack in to Jorgen. That is pretty much all they do.

https://www.jorgenauto.com/rack-pinion/volvo.html
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Old 05-25-2020, 03:58 PM   #3
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According to my email with Jorgen back in February, they are no longer rebuilding these racks.
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Old 05-25-2020, 04:20 PM   #4
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Fwiw, I tried to get an exchange TRW steering rack for my 240 and found that Elstock racks were not available anymore. I'll email them to check for sure but it seems like there are less suppliers for these parts.
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Old 05-25-2020, 04:32 PM   #5
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They're temporarily out of stock for your application, but for $212.90 Detroit Axle will sell you a rebuilt assembly.
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Old 05-25-2020, 09:54 PM   #6
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From their Home Page …

"Due to unfortunate circumstances Jorgen Automotive is permanently closed. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for the thirty plus years of business."

https://www.jorgenauto.com/index.html

Glad I did mine last year!
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Old 05-26-2020, 10:48 AM   #7
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After further research, I found this interesting thread with some pictures of a rebuild.

https://forums.tbforums.com/showthread.php?t=335887

I also found this 65 page PDF of a ZF service manual.

https://jenniskens.livedsl.nl/Techni...F%20BMW%20.pdf

I'm probably going to proceed with my local rebuilder, but perhaps someone else will find these links useful.
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Old 05-27-2020, 12:41 PM   #8
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From their Home Page …

"Due to unfortunate circumstances Jorgen Automotive is permanently closed. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for the thirty plus years of business."

https://www.jorgenauto.com/index.html

Glad I did mine last year!
Well shoot. That's a wrench in my plans.
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Old 05-27-2020, 12:53 PM   #9
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"Due to unfortunate circumstances Jorgen Automotive is permanently closed. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for the thirty plus years of business."

https://www.jorgenauto.com/index.html

Glad I did mine last year!


Thats horrible, I hope its not actually permanent. They were a great resource.
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Old 05-27-2020, 02:57 PM   #11
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Here is the link to the correct ZF rebuild kit. It's less if you get it direct from the company. This is made by Kotek.

https://www.bestpartsonline.com/inde...search=SK-8586
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