So the rack and pinion on my car is toast it just leaks out all the fluid in a matter of hours, can someone please tell what kinda trouble is ahead of me (if any) gettin the old rack out and gettin the new one in.
What is the point of putting the car in the run position? You can just not push the button under the column so the wheel will not lock and you can turn the wheels freely by hand.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN position.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely using jackstands. Position a drain pan to catch the fluid from the power steering lines.
- Remove the one bolt retaining the flexible coupling to the input shaft.
- Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies. Remove the cotter pins and nuts from the tie rod ends and separate the tie rod studs from the spindles.
- Remove the two nuts, insulator washers and bolts retaining the steering rack to the crossmember. Remove the front rubber insulators.
- Position the rack to allow access to the hydraulic lines and disconnect the lines.
- Remove the steering rack.
The hoses are designed to swivel when properly tightened. Do NOT attempt to eliminate looseness by over-tightening the fittings.
- Install new plastic seals on the hydraulic line fittings.
- Install the rack on the mounting spikes and install the hydraulic lines. Tighten the fittings to the following:
- 10-15 ft. lbs. (14-20 Nm) on 1989 vehicles
- 20-25 ft. lbs. (27-33 Nm) on 1990-93 vehicles
- Install the front rubber insulators. Make sure all rubber insulators are pushed completely inside the gear housing before installing the mounting bolts.
- Insert the input shaft into the flexible coupling. Install the mounting bolts, insulator washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 30-40 ft. lbs. (41-54 Nm) while holding the bolts. Install and tighten the flexible coupling bolt to 20-30 ft. lbs. (28-40 Nm).
- Connect the tie rod ends to the spindle arms and install the retaining nuts. Tighten to 35-47 ft. lbs. (48-63 Nm). After tightening, tighten the nuts to their nearest cotter pin castellation and install new cotter pins.
- Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
- Turn the ignition switch to OFF and connect the negative battery cable.
- Fill the power steering system with the proper type and quantity of fluid.
- If the tie rod ends were loosened, check and adjust the front end alignment.