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Steering rack upper bearing

To: RWbb

R - the only way to check if the upper bearing has grease is to take the rack out of the car and take the rack apart. The real issue is that the upper bearing is at the mercy of the soundness of the seal of the hard plastic boot against the bevel on the rack. The needle bearing lives in the base of a bowl behind this area (and a rubber O-ring) and it acts as a very convenient funnel for water if the boot is not doing its job. You just d/n know if there is an issue as the bearing cannot be seen nor accessed w/o removing the rack. The real issue is that you dont want a bad bearing effing up the pinion gear. If the susp is off the car the rack is easy to remove. I have heard of guys taking it out w/o rem the susp but it looks like a tight fit on what already is a tight area.
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