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Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual: Steering rack

To achieve the desired results when performing repairs on the steering rack it is important to work with the greatest possible care and cleanliness, and to use proper tools in good condition. Also note the basic rules on safety when performing repair procedures.
A number of general notes on the individual repair procedures, which were otherwise repeated in the relevant sections of the manual, are summarised here. They apply for this particular workshop manual.
The design and function of the electromechanical power steering is described in the self-study programme → No.317.
Thoroughly clean all unions and the adjacent areas before disconnecting.
When installing the steering rack, make sure that dowel sleeves between bracket and steering rack are seated correctly.
Place removed parts on a clean surface and cover them to prevent them from getting dirty. Use sheeting and paper for this purpose. Use only lint-free cloths.
Fit only clean parts; remove new parts from their packaging only immediately prior to fitting.
Use only the grease and sealants with specified part numbers.
If repairs cannot be carried out immediately, carefully cover or seal open components.
   

Gaskets and seals

Always renew oil seals and seals.
After removing all seals, inspect the contact faces on housings and shafts for burrs and damage and remove all which are found.
Completely remove all residue from liquid sealants from the sealing surfaces, making sure that no residual sealant gets into the steering rack housing.
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