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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Prior to doing my rack and pinion (R&P), I did a lot of looking for videos and information. There is a and detailed information about the steps. Both sources explain the process well, but, depending on your model, you may have more steps to deal with. Start by educating yourself with the...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I educated myself with the steps for removing the rack and pinion. Unfortunately, the b5 isn't always the same. When it came to removing the lower bolt (from below) on the rack and pinion. The cat and a heat shield were in the way. So to get access I need to remove the cat. I replaced the...
  3. B5 Garage
    I have a 2003 Passat GLX 5.5 v6 which is leaking power steering fluid from the driver's side tie rod boot. I was looking up rack and pinions and saw that they were around $300 for a new one. I also saw the gaskets to rebuild the rack and pinion for about $40. Is it difficult to rebuild the...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello everyone. I am currently in the middle of replacing the rack and just found out that I was sent the wrong manufacture rack. The car originally had a ZF and I got a koyo instead. I have read that they are not interchangeable but I have also read that it is only true because the inner tie...
  5. New Member Introductions
    I'm attempting to change the rack on my 03 w8 passat after I discovered power steering fluid coming from the rack boot on the passenger side. I have all bolts loose except the one that is underneath the car and the ps lines. Can anyone give any advice and size of bolt that is underneath?
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi all, 98' 1.8t here. Today the smoke began to come out of the engine bay, pulled over and saw that power steering fluid was leaking onto the catalytic converter. Evidently, the rack and pinion is leaking or even was squirting fluid. It happens when I make turns. Not on highway. Can I use...
  7. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 2002 B5.5 with a V6 and 4motion. The front of the rear Differential is leaking and I think it's the pinion shaft seal but I can't find any info on how to replace it manually. Anyone have a link to the write up? Pretty sure I need seal part number 857525275 but have no idea how to get it...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I read a overview of removing and installation of the rack (mine is leaking horribly) but the author stated that he though it was a good idea to replace the tie rod ends (but didn't specify whether that was inner or outer or both??). 1998 passat wagon 1.8t Anyone have any insight into...
  9. New Member Introductions
    Hey there how is it going? Well ive had a variety of cars and been able.to fix.most of the problemssuccesfully, i guess everythig has an end right? I just got this Passat and man! When i fix something, then something.else comes.out!.. I notice one of the boots in the rack n pinion is torn and...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    02 Passat 1.8L Turbo needs a new Rack and Pinion. Where would be a recommended place to buy one and what should I expect to pay for this? Don't want to buy cheapest, but want reliability mostly. Any suggestions from someone who has purchased successfully and been satisfied? Whats the...
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    ...so...power steering is leaking...it's apparently dripping from the rack and pinion out of the driver's side... ...being new to this what am I looking at parts wise? ...cv boots need to be one, figured I'd do both axels though and get he lifetime warranties...? ...ecs tuning has suspension...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have searched this thread but unable to find anything specific. Not even sure if VW calls it a rack and pinion? I have a leak on the drivers side at the boot. Not sure if stop leak would work or not, some say yes and some say not. I figure I dont have anything to loose if the rack is shot...
  13. B5 Garage
    Anyone replaced a rack on a w8 before, my rack is leaking at the rh boot. Are there any repair kit available? What is the best option
  14. New Member Introductions
    Has anyone replaced a rack on a w8 and what time would it take? WHere is a good place to get the rack and pinion. I guess no seal kit available.
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I need a biggest ratio for my final drive and i'm not able to find this... If anyone know where i can by this part, please answer me by PM. I'ts for a manual tranny passat 2004 1.8T. TKS MAth
  16. B5 Garage
    I bought my Passat about three months ago, never really attempted to fix it, but now it's bugging me. The previous owner had the Rack and Pinion replaced, but its off, by small margin. The steering wheel is tilted to the left a bit when the wheels are straight. How do I realign it exactly...
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 2000 4motion 2.8 passat with 94k miles. I noticed my rear diff is covered with oil/fluid, appears to be coming from the front side of it, where the shaft goes in. I called a local shop that services only vw's, they said its very common and not to worry about it unless its dripping...
  18. B5 Garage
    B5.5 passat wagon 4mo, w/about 99k on it. I took it in for cam seals leaking and a burned up headlight wiring harness (cool! my old IH Scout didn't do that), and was informed my pinion seals were leaking badly. I said go ahead, and they also performed a tranny flush. Week later (i'm out of town)...
  19. B5 Garage
    B5.5 passat wagon 4mo, w/about 99k on it. I took it in for cam seals leaking and a burned up headlight wiring harness (cool! my old IH Scout didn't do that), and was informed my pinion seals were leaking badly. I said go ahead, and they also performed a tranny flush. Week later (i'm out of town)...
  20. B5 Garage
    So does anyone have a good place to buy a R & P assembly from?? I don't feel like getting one in a salvage yard to have it start leaking again in 6 months, but I don't feel like spending $600 buck neither. So if you know of a good place to get one or even have mine rebuilt. Let me know... Thanks
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