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Replace rack/pinion replacing rack any short/long how too. hard to reach one plug and to disconnect lines from pump.

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  • darcyrocky May 23, 2009

    is there special tools to reach the lines on the rack?

    I have nut all off just not able to get the lines and one plug of wires.

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The book calls for about 5 hours labor with a lift, air tools, and experience. It's a tough job. Here are a few tips, Take the lines loose from the rack; not the pump. With the tires off, Remove the nuts from the outer tie rods.Run the nuts back on the tie rods stud and hit the steering knuckle where the tie rod's stud goes through.This will free the stud. Remove the steering shaft from the rack.(take the bolt all the way out.Remove rack mounting bolts. Twist,pull ****,and fight the rack out the side of the car with the most room. The new rack will have inner tie rods already installed. Make sure the new rack is centered.(Turn left then right count the turns then center same # of turns from left to right). Count the threads or measure from the outer tie rod's jam nut to the last thread on the inner tie rod.(you can leave the jam nut in place and take the outer tie rod off and measure from the jam nut to the end of the rod.)Install the outer tie rods. Replace rack in car. hook up steering shaft.Bolt up rack. Hook up lines. Add fluid and work rack back and forth to bleed air. recheck fluid. Have it aligned. (or just take it to a shop.This job is going to be a nightmare!!!)

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  • Bennie Kennedy May 23, 2009

    I use crow's foot wrenches. Sometimes they can get in to tight spots better. The wires should just unplug. Usually, there is a small tab on the plug you must lift while you pull on the plug. (good luck )

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