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I replaced a rack/pinion on 2005 Pontiac g6 and now I have…

I replaced a rack/pinion...

I replaced a rack/pinion on 2005 Pontiac g6 and now I have several lights and issues going on: no speedometer, engine light on, wrench light on, power steering message on radio, odometer now says error.

Mechanic's Assistant: When was the fluid last checked? Have you heard any whining noises while turning the wheel?

Electric rack/pinion, now power steering fluid.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your G6 yourself? What have you tried so far?

Yes, called and asked lots of questions trying to find some answers

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

What are my options

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Electric power steering "no" power steering fluid.
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have you had this recall done?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No, I did the work myself because the dealership I called about said the recall had ran out and could not do the recall work for free.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I wish I could afford the phone call, because it would make it easier, but sadly I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.

well the recall on your vehicle called for the steering column replacement, not the rack n pinion

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok, was there a time frame or mileage limitations?

read the recall I have attached. it tells you the limitations

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I did not receive any attachments.

I sent it as a pdf

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again

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I have 230,000 + miles on my car. Is this something that is a time consuming project.

disconnect the battery, both cables and short them together for 5 minutes. then let them hang loose for 20 minutes before reconnecting. then we will see what lights are left

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok, I will try that. Be back in a few minutes.

ok

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Cleared out all the codes, took it out for a test drive, and the steering wasn't as tight as before, however something seemed a little loose, and I thought I could hear something in the steering column. Maybe like a quite rattle. Power Steering light, Wrench light came back on, odometer went back to "error", no speedometer, and no gas gauge.

I don't know what you could have messed yo but you need to double check your work. what was the reason for the rack replacement in the first place?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Rack was bad, put it in a shop to get a free check and they told me the rack was bad.

you had to have disconnected connectors or damaged wiring while doing the install.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
There was no wiring hook up to the rack itself. Also, I haven't told you I didn't disconnect the neg post and didn't have any way to lock the steering wheel in place. I had to wiggle the "U-Joint pinch collar" to get it off the shaft to the rack.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Could I have messed something up inside the column?

ok, if the steering wheel rotated to much then the clockspring got damaged, hence all of the lights

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
How much of a pain-in-the-butt is that to replace or do I have to replace the column.

you dont have to replace the column but its no picnic. Ill send you the procedure

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I live in a very small town (1100 population), would it be safe to drive in town until I can get it fixed.

it would probably be safe, but other systems may be affected to the point of it becoming a drive a bility issue

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
It maybe several weeks before I can afford to get all the parts and tools (airbag tool) to do the job. Thank you for all your information.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
help.

you are very welcome and feel free to reach out again when you are ready.

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