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Old 12-14-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
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Since I just got home from college, I finaly drove my x and now my x desperately needs a new rack and pinion since my steering is terrible, I have to jerk it back to straight after taking a turn.



so was wondering if any one of you know how to do it, if so then how hard is it and what exactly do I have to do?



My brother is a mechanic but he never had experience with rack and pinion.. he will be helping out anyway



I went to Midas to get a quote and I was quoted 600 friggin bucks! just to replace my rack and pinion.. I would say 350 was for the labor..



so thats why I am here asking you guys how hard is it and whatever because my bro and I talked and we agreed that we should do it ourselves.. we would get the rack and pinion out and bring it to autozone so we can get a new set for $100 after giving them the core parts..



let me know, any further help or tips would be appreciated.. (we plan on doing it this weekend)
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:05 PM   #2
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I would seriously get your hands on a ford repair cd. It would have step by step instructions on how to remove the steering rack. You would be able to plan ahead better. They are all over ebay.



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1992-2001-F...lsQ5fLiterature



There once was a site that allowed downloading them, but I think it closed down because they got sued by Ford. No surprise though, as it was copyrighted material.



I don't know how hard it is to swap. All I know is that it is buried in there pretty well, especially on a 4wd.
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:36 AM   #3
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Isn't it right there at the front of the crossmember? I guess that the whole system and whatnot is intertwined with all kinds of other stuff, but it seems to me that the rack is easily exposed right there in the front when you're under the truck. If my memory serves me correctly, the rack itself is just held on by two studs that face toward the front of the truck.

If so, then it would be just a matter of removing the two nuts and removing the outer tie-rod ends from the knuckles.

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