Can anyone tell me if it is possible to remove and replace steering rack and rear transmission mount in 96 Riviera without dropping rear of cradle?
I plan to raise front of vehicle and support with jackstands on either side of cradle, remove front wheels and disconnect tie rod ends, while supporting transmission with floor jack and heavy wood scrap.
Then I will drop exhaust from rear of engine, raise transmission just enough to remove rear transmission mount cross bolt, mount (and bracket from side of transmission if necessary). At that point I believe I can unbolt rack, remove fluid connections, loosen steering shaft coupling, and remove rack through opening above cradle on driver's side.
Has anybody tried this to suggest that it can be done this way? I don't really see how I could lower rear of cradle (or any of cradle for that matter) with my equipment which is limited to 2 floor jacks, 4 jackstands, and 2 x 8 scraps to spread transmission/engine weight to jack.
Also has anyone had satisfactory experience with rear transmission mounts now available from Advance, RockAuto, etc. that are vastly cheaper than the GM flavor? I'd prefer not to try to "fill" the rubber mount with any kind of silicone, etc.
Thanks in advance!