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PostSubject: rack and pinion vs power steering.   Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:44 am

is there a difference between the two?
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PostSubject: Re: rack and pinion vs power steering.   Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:22 am

Yes, they mean totally different things...

-"Rack & Pinion" is the type of steering gear, regardless of power-assist. It is distinct from the traditional "recirculating-ball" steering gears that were in use on most American cars until the 90's (and Benz until just a few years ago...) That name refers to the moving ball-bearings inside a traditional steering "box" that reduced the friction and increased the load capacity. Rack & Pinion is just what it says, and what is currently in universal use, a flat toothed rack with a single pinion gear that moves it back and forth.

-Power steering means any kind of assist for either kind of steering gear, be it hydraulic recirculating-ball or electric rack & pinion...
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PostSubject: Re: rack and pinion vs power steering.   Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:30 pm

got it. rack and pinion sounds less complicated to run. and sounds alot lighter....
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