240 power steering rack leaking

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by cton, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. cton

    cton Guest

    My p/s rack is shot and is leaking from the seals. I've been quoted
    about $1500 to have it done at a local shop, but I'm wondering how
    difficult a job this would be to do myself? Does anyone have much
    experience with this?

    Also, does anyone know who supplies the best remanufactured racks for
    '88 240's? I'm not sure off hand if its cam or ZF, but I've seen that
    FCP Groton has rebuilt racks done by Atlantic Enterprises that will
    fit both types for a great price. Anyone have any experience with
    these? The other ones I've found are rebuilt by Maval. I also have
    access to an old one off of an '86 but I have a feeling it won't fit
    my '88.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance.
    cton.
     
    cton, Mar 29, 2007
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    cton Guest

    Also, will there be any other parts I should replace on the p/s when
    changing the rack?
     
    cton, Mar 29, 2007
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    mjc13 Guest

    Keep getting estimates. We were quoted in that range as well, and
    then we found an independent mechanic who replaced the rack with a
    rebuilt unit for $600. He even flushed out the hoses, which were filled
    with crud. Basically you want to make sure the pump and hoses are ok as
    well, and the pump drive belt, to answer your later question.
     
    mjc13, Mar 29, 2007
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    clay Guest

    until then, buy some quarts of ATF with the stop leak in it and use that
    instead of power steering fluid.
    It's cheaper than PSF and just might slow down (or stop) the leak (did
    on my '83 245!)
     
    clay, Mar 29, 2007
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    James Sweet Guest


    Or do it yourself, it's not a huge task, I'd say it's about one step
    above changing a water pump but several steps below a clutch or
    transmission replacement.
     
    James Sweet, Mar 30, 2007
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    cton Guest

    Thanks guys. All very helpful. I'll keep you posted on my progress...
     
    cton, Mar 30, 2007
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