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Hi.
I'm curious. Considering the steering is manual is it stressful on the steering rack to turn the wheel while stationary?
 

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^^^ Travis' advice is spot-on, even with power assisted steering, on ANY car. :cool:
 

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I haven’t owned a car that broke the steering rack and I’ve had a few high millage cars. I’ve had cars with sloppy steering, but I’m not sure if that was simply wear and tear on the steering rack or elsewhere. I’d try to avoid turning the wheels while stationary, but I’m not sure it will cause any excessive wear.
 

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It is not so much that it is hard on the steering gear so much as it is on the driver. If you can it is always better to turn while moving but not always possible. Especially if parallel parking. It also makes it easier if the tires are NOT underinflated.
David Teitelbaum
 

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here are all the parts of the rack.

https://picasaweb.google.com/116113253735518541549/SteeringRack



Inner ball joint uses a small plastic cup with a spring, which eventually does need to be replaced along with the other plastic parts.



Worst part is corrosion due to the grease drying out and moisture getting int there. If you do maintenance, and replace the grease, then it should last longer.
 
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