Originally Posted by The Stevinator
so how involved is it to rebuild a rack?
You may just want to purchase an entire rebuilt rack - either locally, or through RockAuto.com. New inner tie rod ends, seals and boots included. Usually a little over $100.00 (less core deposit). A good set of inner tie rods by themselves will be about 50 bucks, and that's not counting the $$$ for new seals and new boots.
The seals on mine never did leak - the inner tie rods went. Some play and "clicking" in the steering wheel.
Not hard to replace the rack, I just had a real fun time with the power steering hose connections to the rack on the reinstall (pronounced PITA). You've got two less cylinders than my ride... makes for a little more room to work with the hoses.
Drop the outer tie rod ends from the spindles, remove the hoses from the rack, remove the two large bolts holding the rack, and it's on the ground. Reverse to install (except cussing like a sailor to get the hoses right).
Lotsa luck either way. And either way, you'll need the toe-in checked when it's all back together. A piece of string, a scale, and an extra set of hands will get you close on the toe-in.
Just my "two Abe Lincolns" worth.
That is all...