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open the wiper motor compartiment,
dow you find the screws for the rack,
coupling first inside the car near the floor,
lower all,disconnect on the wheels,take out sliding through the side hole of the inner fender,
if power steering disconnect tubes and re connect with raxk alreaady unscrewedd,easier work,
Vt commodore steering Rack boots always rip and tear,the racks always tend to leak from the internal seals.
So if this the case with yours I would recommend you just get a reconditioned steering rack and fit it but once the rack is replaced you will also need to do a wheel alignment.
steps to change rack .
1.raise vehicle on hoist
2.remove front wheels
3.remove tie rod end split pins
4.undo tie rod end nuts and inner nuts on rack ends
5.release tie rod end from hub.
6.centralise steering wheel and remove keys from ignition
7.count the number of turns on each side that tie rod come off and write down .
8.undo the 2 metal pipes that go into the rack feed and return lines and make sure u have container under the vehicle to collect old fluid.
9.undo the 13mm nut and bolt that mounts the rack to the steering colum shaft.
10.undo the 2 *19mm bolts and nuts that mount the rack to the crossmember.
11.gentle wiggle the rack and it will come away.
12.follow these steps in reverse when fitting new rack.,make sure you replace the oring seals .
13.you will need to get a wheel alignment done..
1) Gather the materials -- Instructable step 1 - This includes tools, a new pump, fluids, etc. 2) Remove the leaking pump -- Instructable step 2 - Drain the Power Steering system -- Instructable step 3 - Remove accessories from Power Steering system -- Instructable step 4 - Remove the pulley and bolts -- Instructable step 5 - Remove power steering pump 3) Install the new pump -- Instructable step 6 - Place the new power steering pump -- Instructable step 7 - Press on the power steering pump pulley -- Instructable step 8 - Align the pulley and attach the belts -- Instructable step 9 - Flush and fill the power steering system 4) Cleanup -- Instructable step 10 - Cleanup
You'll need some tools to complete this task. Before you start, gather the necessary equipment -- you will not be able to use the car once you start the replacement! It is always a good idea to have a friend on call, or a second car available.
Power Steering pump (to replace defective pump)
Two (2) quarts power steering fluid or appropriate ATF (to flush and fill). More than 2 quarts if flushing the rack is desired.
Power Steering Pulley Puller set (to remove and attach the pulley). Some auto parts stores will loan the tool sets.
Open end wrench set (for use with puller set).
Leverage pipe or extension bar (in case the pulley is hardened on the spindle).
Drain pan (to drain & flush power steering system).
Wheel bearing grease for sliding pulley on the pump hub.
2' wood 1x2 for assistance with aligning the pulleys. Any straight tool will work fine -- a level, metal rod, wood, whatever.
Is there any service done on the power steering on the last few days? Example: replacing high and low pressure hose(s).Leaking power steering rack? Please place a cardboard on the ground (under the path of all steering components to inspect for leak(s). It can be multiple spots.Inspect both tie rods for smooth end to end turning operation.(two persons task) Check power steering for lock up or belt hopping condition. THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT STEPS! Mis-diagnosis can cause you $1200 or more. The most like trouble location (about to leak or burst) is the high pressure hose after the PS pump or between the PS fluid tank. Check for deform hoses. The "hard to turn" condition is cause by air pocket / air bubble inside the steering rack. Worst case is metal fragment inside the rack. If your 2001 steering is stock and has over ~160,000 miles then you should save up money for a rack + hoses + pump + belt replacement.
If you put it on a code reader it will likely say this, 44-Steering Assist -- Status: Malfunction 0010 if you delete the code it may get it working, if not the sensor is inside the steering rack so would need another rack, Jacking it up may have just upset the sensor so clearing the fault code may work...
Check the power steering hose to the end at the steering rack. There is a good chance that the hose may be leaking or where the hose connects to the steering rack is where your leak is coming from. Note that power steering fluid is flammable and if sprayed on any hot surface like the exhaust manifold may cause in a car fire. Good luck and Auto Zone should have the replacement hose with the step by step instructions to replacing it.