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Old 06-10-2015, 12:04 PM   #1
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My rack is starting to leak, nothing major just wet in certain places. No drips or apparent loss of fluid either. I'm thinking about replacing it, but not sure if I should go after market with a lifetime warranty or get it from the dealer.
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It'* here, picking up the sway bar tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to do the install this weekend.
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Where was it slightly wet with fluid?
It is not uncommon for the pump, lines or connections to weap.
If it is not draining the PS reservoir, you may still be good for a while yet.
That is a fairly involved job to replace the rack, I hope mine hangs in there for quite a while yet.
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It'* done, finished it today. Since I was replacing the sway bar, I didn't have to drop the cradle. Changing the rack also cleared up some noise I was having. The steering feels a lot tighter, the old rack was factory (ten years old). The plastic piece that the boot connects too wasn't attached to the rack anymore. Now I jus need an alignment.
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The deed is done, steering feels tighter and a noise that plagued me for years is gone. Here'* the procedure I used after reading various posts and watching You tube videos.
I did the usual put the car on jack stands.I placed the stands at the front of the sub-frame, most people said don't support the vehicle by the sub-frame since it needs to be lowered. I saw a picture where someone lowered the rear sub-frame with the front supported and decided to give it a try. My sway bar wasn't all that bad, but decided to replace it now rather than later. First I moved the drivers seat forward, put the seat belt through it and then moved the seat back to keep the steering wheel straight. I disconnected the sway and with a little finesse I removed it through the drivers side. Once the bar was removed there seemed to be enough room to remove the rack without dropping the sub-frame. The sub-frame bolts were unobstructed, so why drop the frame. I removed the steering shaft bolt, power steering lines, outer tie-rods, rack bolts and removed the rack through the drivers side. I counted the number of grooves on the inner tie-rods, to be used as a reference when placing the outer tie-rods on the new steering rack. I placed both racks next to each other for comparison and noticed the steering shaft connection wasn't oriented the same. So I turned the the shaft on the new rack to match the old one. This helps keep the steering wheel centered. Once mounted further adjustment may be necessary when attaching the steering shaft. The only problem I had during the removal was the power steering lines. They had to be removed from the top through the engine compartment. The wrench I had only allowed limited movement, stubby'* would have been better. I plan on purchasing some in the future.

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Sway bar and rack removed.Notice sub-frame is still attached;



New and old rack. The plastic piece the boot connects to was no longer attached to the rack before I removed it. This appear to be the original rack as indicated by the sticker.;

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Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. The rack installed from the drivers side. The Dorman sway bar installs from the passengers side, remove the passenger side rotor for more clearance something I didn't do. I installed and torqued everything down before I connected the steering shaft.
Besides leaking, this is what I was experiencing;
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Thanks for this very interesting write up.
I am sure many have the center (back & forth) steering knocks & may wonder if it is the rack.
I think you have done well to replace the rack and to discover what new steering feels like again.
It is also good to know that Cardone re-manufactures that rack using the nylon insert.
Good work.
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Thanks for this very interesting write up.
I am sure many have the center (back & forth) steering knocks & may wonder if it is the rack.
I think you have done well to replace the rack and to discover what new steering feels like again.
It is also good to know that Cardone re-manufactures that rack using the nylon insert.
Good work.
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