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1993 Nissan Maxima rack and pinion rebuilding assistance. Rack is removed, and disassembled, with the exception of ONE oil seal (inner rack seal), which I simply cannot budge. Need info or knowledge pertaining to HOW on earth to remove that stubborn seal.

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Better to fit an exchange steering rack !

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A FixYa rating would be Nice !......... Thanks.....John.

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I am a Nissan ceritifed Scope Technician with over 10 years experience in a Nissan dealership.

To me, it sounds like your problem is "morning sickness". The problem is there only after the vehicle sits for a period of a few hours (overnight) and then is gone once the vehicle warms up some.

What happens with "morning sickness" is this: there are nylon rings in the pinion section of the steering rack and pinion. Over time, these nylon rings wear grooves into the aluminum housing in which they reside. When the steering rack and pinion is cold, the pressurized power steering fluid can move past these rings causing difficulty in steering or an unsmooth steering condition. Once the fluid warms up some, the nylon rings expand and seal the gap and fluid can't get past anymore and it stays where it's supposed to be, leading to the normal steering you experience the rest of the day.

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