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DIY: Replacing A Steering Rack

Replacing a power steering rack can be a difficult and challanging job. But if you are up the the challange, you can do it yourself and save hundreds of dollars.
» Part 1: Before You Start
» Part 2: Can I Do It?
» Part 3: Maybe I Can Do It?
» Part 4: Doing It...
» Part 5: Almost Out...
» Part 6: Back Together
» Part 7: System Bleeding

What you will need:

  1. Jack
  2. Jack stands
  3. Wrenches
  4. Ratchet and socket set with extensions
  5. Screwdrivers
  6. Pliers or vise grips
  7. Hammer
  8. Wire brush
  9. Tie rod separator or ball joint fork
  10. Engine support fixture (If required)
  11. Power steering filter
  12. Power steering fluid
  13. Automatic transmission fluid
  14. New power steering rack.
  15. Latex Gloves (Optional)

Before You Start:

  • Follow these instructions carefully. Read and be sure you understand them before you begin.
  • Gather together all of your tools and supplies before you begin.
  • Allow plenty of time to do the job so you don't have to hurry.
  • Remember that these are general instructions. For more detailed instructions pertaining to your specific vehicle, consult an appropriate repair manual.
  • Beware of hot objects, sharp instruments and hazardous materials.
  • Don't substitute tools unless you're sure you won't compromise either your safety or the performance of your vehicle.
  • Never work on a vehicle that is only supported by a jack. Use jack stands to support the vehicle while you work. Work on a solid, level surface. Never jack a car up on dirt or grass.
  • Check for any fluid leaks or cracked power steering lines. Replace them as necessary.

It is a fine morning. Spring is in the air and you are going to get that long awaited promotion at work today. You hop into your trusty steed and back out of the driveway. You turn the steering wheel to go down the street and the wheel is extremely stiff and you wind up knocking over a garbage can. The bright side is the damage is minor. It is just a crushed garbage can and a lot of garbage on the ground. You straighten up the garbage can and put the garbage back in.

DIY: Replacing A Steering Rack
Typical Power Steering Rack Mountings

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Part 2       » Part 3       » Part 4
» Part 5       » Part 6       » Part 7

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