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Unread 02-21-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Default What's involved in replacing the power steering rack and pinion?

i think i need to change out the steering rack on my 91 gt, just wondering if is at all a difficult job...?
i assume thered be power steering fluid juicing out when i disconnect the lines?? any advice would be appreciated.
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Scale 1 to 10 replacing the rack is around 6.5 to 7

1) Place front on jackstands
2) remove wheels and tie rod ends
3) remove the fluid lines to the steering assembly, empty lines and replace all the fluid.
4) remove the steering bolts and bushings, replace these with new rubber or urethane bushings
5) place the new rack in place, bolt hoses.
6) Refill the steering reservoir
6) With the car still on the jacks and the engine OFF, turn the steering wheel around 20 times, this will make the fluid flow into the new rack. Add fluid as needed
7) Start the car, if theres noise, most probably you need to repeat step "6"
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you also have to align it afterwards. I went throu 2 remans while installing mine. The first one had a helicoil pull out of the fittings, the second just leaked. Remans are much cheaper, but they are crap. btw, yes I stayed with reman.
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It's much easier with the motor out of the car! Too bad I didnt do it with the motor out. Getting to those lines with 1/4 turns is a royal pain. Grr that was frustrating. Getting those tie rods is very uncomfortable.
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yea its a pretty easy and straight foward job.
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Once its done, its alot easier the next time you do it, for any reason. After all these years it can be a pain to remove the rack. Theres alot of rust and oil grime in the way.
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