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No power steering assist after changing rack and pinion assembly

Old steering assembly was changed due to a severe leak on right hand side of rack and pinion.

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  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    I need help with changing a rack n pionion on a93 buick lesabe sedan
    I also need to know what tools to use

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And?? finish the question does not have power steering now? bleed the system it has air in it and fill the P.S. pump reservoir. More info please.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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