Tips on fixing the 1988-1994 XJ6 Steering Rack

The ZF steering rack normally lasts well, but can turn out to be soggy in the mounting bushes with age. Problems are more likely either with the pump, integral with the engine and prone to breaking its coupling, or the high pressure pipe which has two flexible sections and can rub through one of them on the engine mount.

If choosing to fix rather than replace this pipe, do not use steel braided hose as engine vibrations will then be fed through the car. The wheel alignment on these cars can be knocked out of adjustment even with slight kerbing, often resulting in a tendency to tramline especially if the lower bushes are worn. For this reason an alignment check once a year is a very good idea.

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