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Old 10-10-2010, 01:44 PM
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Power steering box

How can I tell what power steering unit is in my car? There is the regular power steering box 32131141813 and then there is the Hydrosteering Servomatic 32131138743

My car is a 1992 touring (prod year 04/92) with SLS rear. any help would be appreciated. Thanx

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Old 10-10-2010, 05:32 PM
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Did you put your VIN into realoem.com? I would think that you tell you which one you have.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:35 AM
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^ Yes I did. Comes up with the same. It Shows two different units.
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:43 AM
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Servotronic power steering box wasn't used in the 92 Tourings. They have the normal SLS boxes.

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Old 10-12-2010, 01:06 PM
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Thank you very much my friend. Now I can go ahead and get a used one from eBay.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:20 PM
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What's wrong with your steering box? Why are you replacing it? I had certain problems in my car that I thought were due to the steering box for the longest time but have recently been diagnosed to be bushings and alignment issues.
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:03 PM
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Not the case with mine. I have tested it and it is worn to the point of no adjustment.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:31 PM
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What's wrong with your steering box? Why are you replacing it? I had certain problems in my car that I thought were due to the steering box for the longest time but have recently been diagnosed to be bushings and alignment issues.
A bit more (To the point info) on my problem.

Troubleshooting steering play.

I have play in my steering. I started with turning the steering wheel to check for universal joint play in the linkage from the wheel to the gear box. I was able to rule that out. Then the car went up on jack stands. I went under the car and turned the input shaft on the gear box slowly and kept an eye on the output shaft of the gear box.

when the output shaft began to turn, I watched to see if anything moved before the wheels began to turn. In my case, nothing moved at the point of action potentiial. After that point, every thing including the wheels moved at the same time. I repeated the steps in reverse while turning the wheels manually and checking to see if anything moved before the other wheel and the output shaft of the gear box, All was in unison.

After reaffirming that all moved at the same time, I turned the wheels by hand and watch the delay from output shaft to input shaft on the gear box. It was the same as the delay while manually turning the input shaft (Way too friggin much. LOL...).

There is an adjustment on the top of the gear box to tighten it up but mine is worn beyond adjustment. It will make the wheel tighter but will not remove the excessive play. And with the wheel tighter, it is so much harder to compensate for the steering drift while driving on the highway. And that is Scary. LOL...
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:52 PM
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oops, double post. LOL...
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:28 AM
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A bit more (To the point info) on my problem.

When it stopped turning freely (at the point of action potential) I began to see if anything moved before the wheels began to turn. In my case, nothing moved until action potential was reached. Al:
What do you mean by action potential?
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:33 AM
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Wait a second....if you've looked at your steering box with the car jacked up, why can't you tell if you steering gearbox is servotronic one or not? A servo box would have a wired plug plugged into a socket on the steering box.

And btw, this is the world's best deal on LHD E34 steering gearbox's :

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...#ht_1561wt_958

Remanufactured boxes from ZF. Aint nuthing gonna beat that. If you intend to keep your car for a helluva long time, it would not be a bad idea (at that price) to purchase one and keep it at home for future use. Even if you never use it, it can be sold off easily in future imo.

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Old 10-16-2010, 11:00 PM
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OK, My gear box was delivered Today. I hope the next weekend weather is good for carfixin. :o))

Action potential... Put a rubber band around you thumb and index finger, pull it back as if to shoot a paperclip. before you release and let it fly, that state is action potential.

And as far as looking under the car, I did not know what the difference was so I was not able to see the difference in gear boxes. LOL... Now I know to look for a wire connected to it if it is Servotronic. Thanks for the info. Hopefully that is not something I would need to do again.
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