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.
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).
3/4 inch? nah 1/2 inch impact works fine, never removed a aerostar rack before, but it should not be too difficult
How hard is the job on an `87 300ZX?
individual having performed the operation previously 10 times.
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