Steering Rack rebuild information for Mk1 golf cabriolet
So you might think if you ever have to replace any steering rack or steering column gaiters you will be able to get these from VW, GSF or Europarts. Well I can tell you from trying to get all the gaiters for a mk1 golf cabriolet on a 92 model, you can't. I ordered parts from VW direct and GSF and they provide the same spec rubber gaiters for the steering rack (2 gaiters) and one for the steering column - but none of them fitted my rack at all - even though VW's ETKA system shows I got the correct steering rack for my car, the gaiter information wasn't.
So I did a bit of research and it looks like ETKA DB from VW doesn't have the later VW GOLF MK1 CAB rack information correct and so here are two companies that can get you the correct gaiter for you.http://www.typ-17.de
- German site Click on: 'Technik, Aufbau und Verschleissteile Golf ,Caddy I, Jetta, Scirocco I und Polo' on RHS Nav | then 'Vorderachse + Lenkung' - scroll down and you will see items
I always email the company with details from there site on what I want - they always turn up really quickly from this company. http://www.germanautoparts.com/Volkswagen/Cabriolet/Steering/24/1
- USA company..
Pictures of items are:
Steering rack (RHD only)
Drivers side gaiter - near steering column
Passenger side gaiter
To replace steering rack gaiters it really it best to remove the steering rack, but this does involve alot of work;
1. Jack up front of car
2. Take wheels off
3. Take the front downpipe of exhaust off
4. Take the gearbox selector out totally - as this is bolted onto the steering rack on mk1 golf cabs
5. Undo the steering rack rod ends
6. Unbolt the steering rack - 4 bolts
Then can work on steering rack as easy - remember when taking the end off to mark up the adjustable one side - or else your car will be toeing in or out and you will need to get the wheel alignment done afterwards..
Here is a picture of the new correct rubber installed on the rack and the wrong one from VW and GSF... the VW and GSF ones don't even go on properly.... You know when you have the correct gaiters as the drivers side one doesn't require any clips to hold it in place as it has a inside lip that holds it onto the rack when the steering is on full lock, the VW and GSF require clips and not properly go over the steering rack lip.
So here is my completed steering rack rebuilt - with new gaiters, clips, end rods and geased up - nice and new