- 98riv wrote:
- You may have to also support the front part of the subframe and loosen the front two bolts to get the back to drop down far enough. You'll also need to have all four rear bolts removed. Be careful and make sure you have the front and back supported.
I'm going to attempt to replace a bad rack and pinion assembly (steering gear) but haven't quite figured out how the car is supposed to be supported when lowering the back of the cradle.
The FSM in Section 3B-4 says to support the car with a "Suspension contact Hoist" which would seem to hold the cradle in position even if all 6 bolts were removed. This doesn't make sense to me.
The FSM in Section 10-3-2 says (when replacing cradle insulators on-vehicle) to use a Frame contact hoist which of course would allow the weight of the cradle to bring it down away from the car's body so you could snake some new insulators into place.
What am I not understanding here? It seems to me that I should be supporting the car at the "Frame Contact Hoist" points behind the front wheels,then:
1. Support the rear of the cradle frame with a floor jack.
2. Support the front of the cradle frame with jack stands.
3. Loosen the (2) bolts at the front of the cradle frame.
4. Remove the (4) bolts holding up the rear of the cradle frame.
5. Allow the floor jack to slowly lower the rear of the cradle frame to allow clearance to get the steering gear out through the right front wheel well.
Does this sound correct?
Incidentally, the FSM says in Section 3B-4 to "Remove or Disconnect the Exhaust System".
What in actual practice must be disconnected or removed from the exhaust to lower the back of the cradle frame? Will I likely need a new donut gasket when I break it open?
Also, I got a remanufactured rack and pinion from Rockauto (BBB Industries). I can't say I'm impressed with the paint job they sprayed on it. Hopefully, they put the money into the important components and not the paint job.