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    I'm using the long weekend to reassemble the steering rack. Just wondering if anyone knows what grease I should use and how much. I think the recommended product is by Total but not sure what to use.

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    John,
    Any multipurpose grease for the rack will be fine, same grease can be used for the pinion end.
    Good luck with the reassembly.

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    I used a Molybdenum Disulphide grease in the rack of the D Super 5 when I rebuilt it many years ago. It worked very well. The moly tends to cushion the rack teeth a little more than standard multi purpose grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrypro View Post
    I used a Molybdenum Disulphide grease in the rack of the D Super 5 when I rebuilt it many years ago. It worked very well. The moly tends to cushion the rack teeth a little more than standard multi purpose grease.
    Cheers Gerry
    With a Power assisted rack not really necessary as there is not much pressure on the teeth as the power piston is providing the majority of 'push' for the control arms. OTHO a manual rack would be a different story. I use a good quality hp wheel bearing grease for the racks I rebuild for people. Not necessary to pile gobs of it inside the rack body either. Just a waste of grease as once the rack is used, the rack will just tunnel its way through the stiff grease and push it aside. The length of the track and the pinion teeth just need to be well coated with grease. Same goes for the front and rear bearings of the rotating union.

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    How was your weekend?

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    I've nearly got it all back together. Everything's all shiny and new inside and out.

    The rack and brake accumulator go back in next weekend.

    Thanks go to all of you for your advice.

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    G'day John, may your next weekend go swimmingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoogy View Post
    I've nearly got it all back together. Everything's all shiny and new inside and out.

    The rack and brake accumulator go back in next weekend.

    Thanks go to all of you for your advice.

    Cheers,

    John
    John,

    I know that RHD cars use a modified hydraulic pipe for the rack, compared to LHD cars. But I was not aware the pipe crosses over the top of the rack. Which, if I am looking at the photo you posted correctly, is going to happen. OTOH it may just be that you had not twisted the power piston assembly into position and locked in place when the photo was taken.

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    Default Well Spotted Steve

    Top spotting Steve, you are 100% correct.
    Though I know you have a familiarity with these racks

    Hoogy,
    Here are a couple of images of how the rack union should be oriented.
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    Yep well spotted, thanks for the photo Richo.

    I haven't tightened the power piston yet. To tell you the truth I wasn't exactly sure how many turns to tighten it before locking it in place.
    Big wedding anniversary last weekend so didn't get to re-install bits but hopefully this coming Saturday.

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    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoogy View Post
    Yep well spotted, thanks for the photo Richo.

    I haven't tightened the power piston yet. To tell you the truth I wasn't exactly sure how many turns to tighten it before locking it in place.
    Big wedding anniversary last weekend so didn't get to re-install bits but hopefully this coming Saturday.

    Cheers,

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    Hi John,

    The power piston's final position is determined by the supply pipe. You twist it in until the supply line fits correctly over the securing studs and without causing the line to either twist rotationally or in a position where you put a strain on the mild bends in the pipes just before where they attach to the inlet blocks. At that point is where you lock the power piston in position.

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    Thanks Steve,

    Makes perfect sense.

    Cheers.

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