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I had a bit of a journey. The initial R&P had massive leaks (not drivable) from the end gaskets showing up through the dust covers. I purchased an appropriate R&P from a used parts place off of a 1999 E430. I installed it and discovered that it had small leaks in the areas described above, I removed this R&P, had it rebuilt (the one from the E430), reinstalled it and no leaks.
Looks like mine is leaking where it connects to the steering shaft. This place i get used parts from have a couple that fit my car for around $100-$150, but after hearing that I may just order a rebuilt one for $230 or $320 2-day shipping.
 

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Actually after doing this a few times the removal/installation is not that difficult. Biggest installation issues are handling the R&P by yourself (I used some longer bolts (3/8"x 5" I think) through the frame bolt holes to support and then installed appropriate bolts/nuts one at a time; not tightening to frame before attaching the fluid lines (they are just difficult...hard to access, hard to start banjo bolt, and hard to be sure crush washer is on both sides of the banjo bolt. I confirmed with a mirror before tightening; I had trouble the second time with getting the coupling to bottom out on the plastic alignment guide (placement of alignment guide is important). This is necessary to "lock" the connection with the appropriate bolt; after re-filling fluid reservoir, I had no problem flushing lines by turning wheels (off ground) 30 times before starting motor and then 30 times with motor started; I did the repair with ramps but a lift would help immensely; I adjusted toe using both the line method and tape measure method (I rigged a shower rod with an end that fit into the grove of the tire and it worked well). Checked it at alignment shop and was spot on. Probably would trust my alignment in the future. Good luck.
 

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Actually after doing this a few times the removal/installation is not that difficult. Biggest installation issues are handling the R&P by yourself (I used some longer bolts (3/8"x 5" I think) through the frame bolt holes to support and then installed appropriate bolts/nuts one at a time; not tightening to frame before attaching the fluid lines (they are just difficult...hard to access, hard to start banjo bolt, and hard to be sure crush washer is on both sides of the banjo bolt. I confirmed with a mirror before tightening; I had trouble the second time with getting the coupling to bottom out on the plastic alignment guide (placement of alignment guide is important). This is necessary to "lock" the connection with the appropriate bolt; after re-filling fluid reservoir, I had no problem flushing lines by turning wheels (off ground) 30 times before starting motor and then 30 times with motor started; I did the repair with ramps but a lift would help immensely; I adjusted toe using both the line method and tape measure method (I rigged a shower rod with an end that fit into the grove of the tire and it worked well). Checked it at alignment shop and was spot on. Probably would trust my alignment in the future. Good luck.
I watched a couple videos it doesn’t look too bad like you said. I think I'm going to order the rebuilt rack, it includes a lifetime warranty if I send the core back and comes with new inner tie rods(couldn’t get seized locking nut off left outer rod anyway). I already got a left outer tie rod because it is shot, so just need to order the right. Thanks for your help I will read over this after I get the new rack in and let you know how it goes.
 

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Make sure you know which version you need.....with or without servo. Good luck
 

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The 213 code for these years is for the "Parameter Steering". Be sure to check VIN, etc. with your supplier. You can see the servo electronic connection on the R&P.
 

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Finally got around to removing the old rack, was pretty simple. Going to install the new one tomorrow.
 

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The 213 code for these years is for the "Parameter Steering". Be sure to check VIN, etc. with your supplier. You can see the servo electronic connection on the R&P.
How did you go about spreading the steering coupling to put it on the rack.
 

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I centered the inner tie rods to the center of the rack and placed the plastic alignment part onto the spindle of the R&P in the recommended location (there is a small arrow just a little off center below the base of the spindle that the point of the plastic alignment part should point). I adjusted toe with the outer tie rods. Seemed to work well. I hope this is what you were asking.
 

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I centered the inner tie rods to the center of the rack and placed the plastic alignment part onto the spindle of the R&P in the recommended location (there is a small arrow just a little off center below the base of the spindle that the point of the plastic alignment part should point). I adjusted toe with the outer tie rods. Seemed to work well. I hope this is what you were asking.
No the coupling on the steering shaft that connects to the rack. It is too tight to fit onto the new rack.
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