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Difference in Ford and TRW Racks
« on: June 24, 2013, 02:10:19 PM »
I went to order a new power steering rack for my 78 cruiser and the parts store (Summit) claims there are different listings One is a Ford another is a TRW. Do they all bolt up and work the same? And if not how do I tell what I have?  Thanks

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Re: Difference in Ford and TRW Racks
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 06:55:06 AM »
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Re: Difference in Ford and TRW Racks
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 09:08:05 AM »
For a long time TRW has been a huge MFG of factory replacement parts.
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Re: Difference in Ford and TRW Racks
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 03:07:47 PM »
If I remember correctly, inner tie rod ends can be replace in the Ford unit, but not in the TRW.
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Re: Difference in Ford and TRW Racks
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 04:52:40 PM »
 Not to try to confuse things, because my steering rack on my 78 wagon is leaking PS fluid, but when I first bought my presently owned 78 wagon in 1986 I was told the inner tie rods couldnt be changed only the entire rack.

 A few months ago, I had one of the inner tie rods replaced and watched it be done myself.

 How do we find out before we remove the rack which one we need? From what I see, the difference is the input shaft length.

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Re: Difference in Ford and TRW Racks
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2013, 05:36:59 PM »
Quick interweb search reveals: " Ford design has a one piece aluminum pinion housing. TRW design has a two piece housing."
Ford and TRW (borrowed from RockAuto.com)
          
 
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