Play in Rack end on 98 Prado GXL

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 05, 2005 at 20:06
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Just had a mechanic friend come and look at the 4by and he pulled back the rubber boot and water came out, must have been that last water crossing. Now we have 5-10mm play in the rack end on the passenger side.

Just wondering if anyone has replace one and if so do you remember how much the part was and who they bought it from!! And most importantly for DIY how hard was it!!


PS I've already posted this to lcool site
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Reply By: Member - Russell S - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 11:33

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 11:33
I had a 97 prado until recently, and had to get the rack replaced due to movement on the drivers side (from memory). Getting it done from Toyota was a mission due to the cost and their unfamiliarity with the task, so I asked around and found Turbo Steering in Flemington (1800 801 204 or 03 9376 8299). They replaced the rack with a reconditioned unit - they're specialists at reconditioning etc - did a good job - still cost a bit though. If you just want to replace the end and do it yourself, I would still talk to them. They will have the bits or be able to get them, and probably tell you what's involved. I didn't want to muck around with it, particularly when I had leaks, movement etc. See how you go.

Incidentally, when I went to sell the truck, the roadworthy guy reckoned I had movement in the rack, so I went back to Turbo Steering to see whether they'd mucked the original job up. Turned out to be a tie rod end, not the rack at all - I guess you've checked that on yours....?
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 18:36

Thursday, Jan 06, 2005 at 18:36
All fixed, no movement at all now!!

Caused by water getting into the boot and drying out the grease and then rust set in. $180 (trade) from toyota, they had one in stock.

Here is a link to photo of the rack end once it was removed!!

Thanks Steve
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