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E30 M3 (1986-1991) {Euro 86-892.3L: 200hp @ 6750} {1990 2.3L Evo2/Cecotto/Ravaglia: 220/215/215hp @ 6750}
{1991 2.5L Sport Evo: 238 @ 7000} {US -- 88-91 2.3L: 196hp @ 6750, 170tq @ 4750}
Total produced: 5,280 US, ~13,300 Europe/world


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Old Thu, Sep-20-2018, 02:18:35 AM   #1
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Default Install power steering rack

I removed the power steering rack off my e30 m3 to have it refurbished, because it was leaking. I followed the instructions in the bentley service manual to remove the rack. The steering wheel was locked at center prior to the rack being removed. The flexible steering knuckle was attached to the rack when it was removed. I am thinking about how to reinstall the rack after it is refurbished. The bentley manual says that the install is the reverse of the removal. I don't think it's that simple. I think some added steps are required. Here are some questions i have concerning the installation:

1) i know where the center line is on the knuckle's lower spline and rack. How do i determine where to connect the knuckle on the upper shaft? There does not appear to be a wider spline on the knuckle and shaft.
2) should a lubricant be applied to the upper and lower knuckle and shafts? If so, what type?
3) any potential problem with installing the knuckle to the upper shaft first and then the rack to the lower knuckle?
4) does the the steering wheel have to be pulled and move back to center if knuckle is off center?

Any comments will be appreciated.
Thanks

Dan
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Discussing Building an E30 M3 gravel rally car :-) in the E30 M3 (1986-1991) Forum - {Euro 86-892.3L: 200hp @ 6750} {1990 2.3L Evo2/Cecotto/Ravaglia: 220/215/215hp @ 6750}
{1991 2.5L Sport Evo: 238 @ 7000} {US -- 88-91 2.3L: 196hp @ 6750, 170tq @ 4750}
Total produced: 5,280 US, ~13,300 Europe/world at BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)