4 years ago
Creideiki
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I have a friend who has a 1989 Ford Aerostar van which needs to have the rack & pinion on the steering changed. A mechanic quoted over $400.00 to do the job. To save money he wants to do it himself and can buy the part for $69.00 and I plan to help him. Neither of us are mechanics but we know a little about cars. He has a Chilton`s manual. Is this a very hard job to do? How long should it take? What should we look out for and what can go wrong? Thanks.

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4 years ago
R2
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There are some large bolts involved that will likely call for you to rent 3/4 inch drive tools to remove (which I found better than using an air wrench). The hardest part may be disconnecting it from the steering column. That`s going to be a matter of accessibility.
You`ll have to take care to be gentle with the fluid couplings, too (have the proper flare wrenches), and be sure to count threads/mark the tie rod ends so that you get it back into some semblance of wheel alignment (and you will have to have one done when you finish anyway).

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4 years ago
Sinfully_Chris
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3/4 inch? nah 1/2 inch impact works fine, never removed a aerostar rack before, but it should not be too difficult

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4 years ago
lydog
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How hard is the job on an `87 300ZX?

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4 years ago
seh
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individual having performed the operation previously 10 times.

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4 years ago
Keller02
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yes is easy remove the steering joint first if it`s power assist--drain the fluid by removing the return line 1st from the rack then the otherside then the tie-rod ends--note the position of the tie-rods on the rack arms then the rack mounting nuts in that order and u wont have a problem also make sure that the replacement rack is Exactly the same after installing with a new rack if it`s power assist add a filter to the return line near the pump will help the rack/pump last longer

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