Reinstall rack steering shaft
I pulled the rack because of leaking transfer lines. Not a fun job to r/r. Whole car is rusted to crap. Nice long hole where the wiring is on floor, the frame before where the rear subframe sits is starting to go, also the passenger rear shock absorber area in the trunk has holes. Not good, so I'm minimizing cost.
I bought one from advance, it was cheap with discounts, but I ended up not installing it because it seems they just sprayed over the grease (it definitely has new parts, but mine was not leaking so I figured it with the cost of an alignment and the condition of the car I'll keep mine. A local shop also said if yours isn't leaking from a seal better to reuse it. They said get the motorcraft one (totally not worth it for this car. May not even pass inspection next year) or reuse yours.
I bent and flared tubing (not easy either with those bends, but needed something to do..). I also replaced all the tubing, got it for $50 thanks to advance coupons. Parts looked very corroded.
Anyway, I'm having very hard time getting the splined fittings married. (was a real pita to get off). Firstly it is not on an optimal angle when installed, the rag joint has to be angled. I cleaned and lubed the splines, but there is still oxidation. I put a steel plate in the clamp, and cranked down the pinchbolt a bit to spread it, it helps somewhat. It also is difficult to extend and retract the shaft.
I got it about 1/2 way down. I'm hesitant to pound on it or abuse. It is also in a horrible spot working from underneath.
Any suggestions? Thx.