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97 pontiac grand prix gtp. recalled rack and pinion, it has been fixed twice by the dealer with a new part, Still the same issue. Whats happening.

Brand new Rack and pinion on both occasions, cannot turn left at a standstill, as if p/s is not helping. Pressure in resevoir, fluid is full, no foaming.

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Until you can describe the problem that requires a replacement rack and pinion or a replacement part there is no one here that can advise you
just keep going back to the dealer as the parts are under warranty
take the issue up with GM technicians in the head office and bypass the dealership

Posted on May 11, 2017

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  • Jake Ellingson
    Jake Ellingson May 11, 2017

    please read the edited details. Im sick of driving 20 miles and calling a friend to get me then waiting half a week for the repair, which works, until i arrive at home and the same problem resurfaces.

  • Bill Boyd May 11, 2017

    there should be no pressure in a reservoir indicates a problem hose or incorrect hose connections at the rack valve body
    It is understood the frustrations you are suffering so raise the issue with the service dealer and get a order to take it to an accredited power steering professional shop for a proper fix
    again take it up with GM head quarters as the dealer service is non existent.

  • Jake Ellingson
    Jake Ellingson May 11, 2017

    sorry, heres the recall - Certain passenger vehicles and mini vans have lower pinion bearings in the power rack and pinion assembly in which the retainer tabs were not crimped properly. These and some other retainers used in vehicles assembled between January 1, 1996 and October 31, 1997, could fail and permit the ball bearings to escape

  • Jake Ellingson
    Jake Ellingson May 11, 2017

    Consequence: If this occurs, the pinion shaft can be forced upward during left turns and back down as the steering wheel is moved back and to the right. If the pinion shaft moves further, the driver will need to exert more effort to turn the steering wheel, similar to a vehicle without power assisted steering. If the pinion shaft moves even further, the driver will require much higher effort to turn left and may not be able to turn the wheel as much as intended. With the maximum pinion shaft movement, which requires internal gear component damage, the driver can encounter high resistance to turning left, followed by unintended power assist to the right. In any of these conditions, a crash could occur.

  • Bill Boyd May 11, 2017

    so -is the dealer fitting faulty rack and pinions? time to start pushing the issue to get it all cleared up
    remember that the dealer is there to provide a service to you and in this instance , there is no service and it is a safety issue that needs addressing

  • Jake Ellingson
    Jake Ellingson May 11, 2017

    Thank you bill, Ill raise some hell tomorrow when I can, Hopefully they will outsource and get this problem fixed. I may note that the same mechanic did the repairs both times. Ill be back to let ya know if it gets fixed. according to paperwork, both rack and pinions were brand new, and gear boxes were rebuilt.

  • Bill Boyd May 11, 2017

    remember that if the dealer argues and gets stroppy you can go straight to the headquarters at GM and report the whole episode
    personally , if it was my shop , I would move heaven and hell to fix the problem simply because a happy customer will come back to buy a new car from me . I doubt if you will buy another GM product after this

  • Jake Ellingson
    Jake Ellingson May 11, 2017

    Just sent an email to gm headquarters for their mechanics. Albeit they probably know I couldn't afford a new GM product, I would hope they would just honor the recall and my safety. As I said before, Thank you dearly for the advice and Ill get back to you with the BS they sell me.



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