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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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Steering rack: repair, replace or what?

As I learned in my last thread, fluid where there shouldn't be is a problem. I believe it needs to be addressed, but I am unsure as to what I need to do. I reckon that a seal of some kind has failed, else fluid would not be where it's not supposed to. I don't know what caused the seals to fail, nor do I have any idea when fluid began to get past the seals. Seeing as how I've spent three days and gotten nowhere with the boot and that it would just be removed to fix the fluid leak problem anyway. As far as I know, the rack, pump,hoses, etc are all original and the fluid looks a bit brownish red.

I've been wracking my brains as to what I should do. First I thought I should get a seal kit and try to repair it myself but then I think on my repair skills on this and other projects and maybe I'm not liking this option. What if there's something else wrong. Then I think, hey maybe take the car somewhere, let someone with proper tools, knowledge and skills take care of my problem and I just lump it. Or buy a rack reman'd from the parts store or get one off a junker somewhere. I've seen threads with info on how to remove and replace the rack and I've got the Ford service manual but then I think back to the down side in option number one and I don't own any proper shop tools like a torque wrench or anything like that. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

By the way, and I realize this reveals the apparent level of my technical competence, but which way am I supposed to turn the tie rod jam nut--not the castellated nut on the tie rod ball joint--to loosen it off of the outer tie rod? I'm not sure but what size is that jam nut? All I have is an adjustable wrench and an open end wrench that's too small on one end and too large on the other. I just wanted to know--several shots of WD-40 and Blaster and well over an hour produced nothing except me getting really ticked off and nearly hurting myself from pulling.
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I am not trying to be a "naysayer" but there are many many other proceedures that are a lot closer to your aparant skill level. I assure you that changing a rack is one of the last things that I myself would attempt to do, and I have considerable experience. I recommend that you find an honest shop and let them install a guaranteed remanufactured or new rack and call it a done deal. With what you said you have for tools alone, you have a receipe for disaster. The situation you are facing is the beginning of a "for sale for parts" car.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I didn't want to do anything really stupid in this project, so I'll just put everything back into place and take it somewhere I know.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 09:46 PM
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I've replaced my rack in the car. With a V8.

I won't ever do that again!

If I do a rack redo again, I'll take the engine out first.

Paying someone is a much better alternative.

It's such a drag, I wouldn't pay one of my friends to do it; pay someone you don't know...

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Changing the rack is a pain in the ass, because of the lines. I have done it, but I won't do it again, I'd rather pay to have it done.

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Can anyone remember what hose sizes you need to buy to replace all the PS lines from the pump, rack, and reservoir. It looks like 2 generic sizes I could buy at any auto zone.

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Don't forget about the infamous 90° part that you have to get from Ford.
http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.p...highlight=rack

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Don't forget about the infamous 90° part that you have to get from Ford.
http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.p...highlight=rack
Thank you for mentioning that. Id like to have seen a picture because as someone mentioned in that thread there might be a cheaper solution with brass fittings.

Thats a pricey part. Reminds me of the strut rod bushings being so expensive.

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