[V8] Steering rack, servotronic or no?

urq urq at pacbell.net
Sun Sep 19 23:19:02 EDT 2004

... if you've got a '90 automatic it is a pretty safe bet it isn't
Servotronic ... I also second Dave's suggestion about digging a bit further
... so far all my leaks (and smoke on occasion) have been related to hoses

Steve B
San Jose, CA (USA)

> If you see a electrical connector on the rack near where the steering
> (pinion) shaft enters, you have servotronic. No wires no servotronic.
> You probably ought to just plan to have the rack removed, and ship it
> out for a rebuild. Rumor has it that this can be done inside a week -
> including shipping. This way you don't have to worry about getting the
> wrong part, and you know where this rack has been all its life. Getting
> a rebuilt unit is always a crap shoot. If the part was involved in a
> wreak or something you may be getting someone else's lemon.
> Also, the torn boot is a bad sign, but do the diagnosis work. You may
> really have a bad hose or connection somewhere.
> Dave
> On Sunday, September 19, 2004, at 07:02 PM, QuickAudi at aol.com wrote:
> > What's the quickest way to tell if my steering rack in my V8q is
> > servotronic or not?  Had white Pentosin mist/smoke coming from the
> > engine bay tonight, so I know it is time to replace it.  The boot was
> > cut the last time we looked at it, and I guess that's all she wrote.
> > Also, who sells them the cheapest?  Is it a good idea to let someone
> > who doesn't work on Audis do this job?
> >
> > Joel
> > '90 V8q
> > '86 5kcstq

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