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    Default Which steering rack?.

    3.8 cougar.just had my mot and failed on excessive play in the rack looked at rock auto but don't know which is correct . one/two piece mounting bush and with/without performance suspension what am I looking for?.

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    Year of car? Trim level?

    What is the diameter of your steering rack mounting bolts? The larger ones (M16 - ish) are the 1-piece bush. The smaller ones (M12's, I think) are the 2-piece. They also have a longer sleeve that goes into the K-member, that the others do not. Either bushing type will fit in the rack.
    Some folks retrofit the later (2-piece) bushing/sleeves for the 1-piece set-up. You can get poly bushings for either, but the 2-piece are more common.

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    It's an 86 just standard ,measured the mounting bolts got 12mm so 2 piece it is . going to drain and clean before refilling but can't find the amount of fluid I require to refill?.
    Last edited by mr glee; 09-18-2018 at 11:28 AM.

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    Go with the performance rack, and just fill until shes full.

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    Ok got replacement rack already to fit came with new bushes and a pack of seals two same sized small rubber o-rings approx id 7.5mm 11.5mm od and two teflon seals different sized 11mm id 13.5 od & 13mm id 15mm od didn't find any seals on the pipe joins when I removed only PTFE tape on the threads also Manual doesn't mention anything about seals are these needed?.
    Last edited by mr glee; 09-30-2018 at 05:27 PM. Reason: Teflon

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    The teflon seals should be used where the hoses mount to the steering rack.
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    Ok thanks also found the two small o-rings fit on the pipe under the nuts.

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