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 Post subject: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:00 pm 
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i managed to crush my power steering lines when i did an engine swap, so need to change racks now also.

can this be done with the engine and trans bolted in?
any tips/tricks or things i will need to look out for?
any help would be great as i've never pulled one out of a falcon before and would like to learn all i need before doing it, not while im doing it lol

 

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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:56 pm 
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cant you just change the crushed lines???

If not, Pull the cat off, i think u drop the sway bar. Undo steering shaft (10mm), Two rack nuts and tie rod ends. Lines are lil tricky but nothin too serious.
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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:13 am 
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all you gotta do is undo the steering shaft, take the wheels off, unbolt tie rod ends, undo a couple of bolts and undo the line and it should drop down. i done this a few weekends back on a mates el wagon.

 

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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:56 pm 
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cant you just change the crushed lines???

If not, Pull the cat off, i think u drop the sway bar. Undo steering shaft (10mm), Two rack nuts and tie rod ends. Lines are lil tricky but nothin too serious.


The lines need a 19mm spanner iirc to undo them from the rack.

Drop the sway bar as stated
Unplug the idle up switch
Unbolt the steering shaft
Unbolt the power steer lines from the rack head
Undo tie rod end nuts, note position on rack threads for later
Undo the 2 bolts that hold rack to sub frame
Wiggle it towards the rear of the car & it will drop out of the frame.

Installing is a reversal of the process. Not too hard, just a tad fiddly, and you may need a short 19mm spanner, when i installed the rack on my v8 i had to cut a spanner down to do the job.

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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:34 pm 
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also if you get a rack off another car and want to use the tie rod ends off the donor car don't leave the tie rod ends on the rack and don't adjust them and if the other cars steering was good you won't need a wheel alignment

 

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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:42 pm 
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also if you get a rack off another car and want to use the tie rod ends off the donor car don't leave the tie rod ends on the rack and don't adjust them and if the other cars steering was good you won't need a wheel alignment


I think you mean leave the tie rod ends on the rack, take them off the stub axel. Yes that will keep a reasonable alignment, at least good enough to drive the car for a proper alignment.

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Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:47 pm 
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jerrytorry wrote:
also if you get a rack off another car and want to use the tie rod ends off the donor car don't leave the tie rod ends on the rack and don't adjust them and if the other cars steering was good you won't need a wheel alignment



no! just count the turns your tie rod ends when you undo them.
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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:51 pm 
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ToranaGuy wrote:
jerrytorry wrote:
also if you get a rack off another car and want to use the tie rod ends off the donor car don't leave the tie rod ends on the rack and don't adjust them and if the other cars steering was good you won't need a wheel alignment


I think you mean leave the tie rod ends on the rack, take them off the stub axel. Yes that will keep a reasonable alignment, at least good enough to drive the car for a proper alignment.

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yea i did mean what you said, i just didn't read over what i typed

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:47 pm 
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Lol pretty easy just replaced it yesterday. Make sure u do a wheel alignment afterwoods!

 

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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:55 pm 
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eboost wrote:
jerrytorry wrote:
also if you get a rack off another car and want to use the tie rod ends off the donor car don't leave the tie rod ends on the rack and don't adjust them and if the other cars steering was good you won't need a wheel alignment



no! just count the turns your tie rod ends when you undo them.


If the donor car's tie rod ends are good, it's easier to leave them on the rack undisturbed and swap them over into the car receiving the rack. Especially if you have driven the donor car & know it has a pretty good alignment.

Counting turns & putting your tie rod ends onto the "new rack" is rather fiddly, but it can turn out ok. Never has for me tho. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:01 am 
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lol its ok guys i will get an allignment and i dont mind driving crooked to a workshop.

are the lines able to be replaced though?
mine are well crushed and i didnt see any way for the lines to be replaced without changing racks?

 

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 Post subject: Re: replacing steering rack in EB
Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:44 am 
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lol its ok guys i will get an allignment and i dont mind driving crooked to a workshop.

are the lines able to be replaced though?
mine are well crushed and i didnt see any way for the lines to be replaced without changing racks?


Yes mate, lines are easy if you have the right spanner. They undo from the rack head, and then you remove the low pressure rubber hose from the metal line, and the high pressure hose comes off at the pump & the rack head. Easy.

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May also wanna think of replacing the power steering switch??

 

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Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:55 pm 
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whats the power steering switch?
i'll head to the wreckers this weekend and get it sorted.
i was thinking it would be a heap harder but doesnt sound too bad.
will be good having powr steering again, its so fkn hard to drive without it haha

 

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Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:10 pm 
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whats the power steering switch?
i'll head to the wreckers this weekend and get it sorted.
i was thinking it would be a heap harder but doesnt sound too bad.
will be good having powr steering again, its so fkn hard to drive without it haha


It's a big switch, that is a common leakage point, it will cause your 6cyl to speed up it's idle when you turn the steering, so the engine doesn't stall.

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