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brittcrowell 10-23-2012 08:51 PM

replacing rack and pinion bellows
Anyone replaced their rack and pinion bellows lately?
I would also call it the steering rack boot, but that's what all the parts houses call it.
Cheapest is $20 from AZ per side!
That's the same price I paid for the ones on my wife's '01 Audi A8L.
And 10 times more than I paid for the car.
Any other alternate solutions?
I'm thinking 2-3 inch rubber inter-tubes clamped on.
Any BTDTs?

'93 Legacy AWD Wagon, 240K miles

Promised my Cuz he could paint it camo at 250K, trying to get there.

monkeyposeur 10-23-2012 10:34 PM

So you bought the car for $2? If you are that cheap just use a paper bag.

brittcrowell 10-24-2012 11:18 AM

I dont think a paper bag will last that long. Any better ideas or a better/ less expensive place to get new parts?
I just put on new brakes and rotors, a battery, doing the bearing this weekend and the PS pump is leaking too. Starting to become a maintance money hole, so yea, I looking to go cheap on $44 worth of rubber boots.

19Outback95 10-24-2012 11:27 AM

got any junkyards in your area. should be way cheaper that $44 bucks to get the pair.

brittcrowell 10-24-2012 07:13 PM

Guess what car made the top 5 !?!

monkeyposeur 10-24-2012 07:25 PM has them for about $12 each. With shipping you can get both bellows for $31.70. I've had a few wheel bearing go out on my '95, ha ha. As far as replacing your wheel bearing are you going to take it to a shop and have them press in a new one or just get a whole assembly? Replacing the whole assembly is a lot easier, of course.

brittcrowell 10-24-2012 08:33 PM

$12 is better, I didn't think to look there. Thanks

I've have access to a 20 ton press, did the other side 2 years ago.
Had to rent a Posi Lock puller to get the outer bearing off after pressing it out of the knuckle. We will see how close I can get to the 4.5 hour shop time.

Pic of the Posi Lock

Other pics of the press action can be seen in this directory too

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