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b4V steering rack R&R

Discussion in 'VW Mk3 Jetta, Passat TDI and other/older diesels' started by almus, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. almus

    almus New Member

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    Car:
    2001 jetta tdi, 96 passat tdi
    I need to replace the steering rack in my B4V. (1996).

    I looked at the Bentley and it is not clear. The Bentley manual
    says something about removing something behind the pedal
    cluster to get to a u-joint. Is this necessary? or can I
    get to everything with the subframe dropped down?

    I have a harbor freight engine supporting from the top.
    Can I now just remove rear most subframe bolts, loosen middle
    ones and then just let the subframe open up? Will this
    give me access to everything? Thanks.

    -A
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  2. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

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    The steering column connects to the steering rack with a u-joint. There might be something there blocking it but I'm not sure.
  3. onyoursix

    onyoursix New Member

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    Im looking at changing my rack out this weekend, its a 1996 Passat wagon that I just bought, and I am new to the VW diesel thing. They list two different racks for this car, can they be interchanged? A AF and a TRW. Id rather us the AF unless there is a good reason to use a TRW.

    Thanks
  4. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

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    Do you mean ZF?

    From what I can tell, the ZF is for VR6 and 16V engines. There's a note that it works for 4 cylinder but my best guess is that it's for the 16V 4 cylinder and many not be for the TDI. Both use different tie rods too.

    Here are some pics that should help you both.
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  5. Tomspassat

    Tomspassat New Member

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    FYI, vagcat is a good source of parts numbers too.

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