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    Default Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    Hey guys my rack and pinion along with the power steering pump is shot. I also want to swap all the lines as well. How difficult of a job is this for a moderate backyard mechanic to do. The cheapest quote I got from a shop was 400$ labor only. Usually I do all the work on my car but all the power steering stuff seems to have no clearance for much of anything and looks like a real pita

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    I've done it twice on my car it's not to bad looks worse then it is definitely not fun though. Take the sway bar completely out and you can slide it out the passenger side a lot of guys drop the subframe just seems ridiculous why if you don't have to.


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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    I also just changed my rack last weekend. after you take off the subframe it goes pretty smooth. but i also had my trans out too.
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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    How long did it take yoy

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    The first time a little longer then the second time idk a couple hours or so I don't exactly hurry or anything I take my time lol


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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    Longer than youd like. Start early.
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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    Is there any how tos on it because I have absolutely no clue what I'd be doing lol. Also can anyone verify if a 99 gt came with the magnasteer option. There is a wire that goes into the rack which makes me believe it's the magnasteer

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    If you have a wire that is coming from the rack and connects to something then you have Magnasteer. Think the code on the trunk sticker was NV7 or NV9 or something along those lines.

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    here's a thread from the how-to section--> http://www.grandprixforums.net/threa...highlight=rack

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonkin2000GT View Post
    I've done it twice on my car it's not to bad looks worse then it is definitely not fun though. Take the sway bar completely out and you can slide it out the passenger side a lot of guys drop the subframe just seems ridiculous why if you don't have to.


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    Its two bolts to drop the subframe. It takes more work and more effort to do it your way. With the subframe dropped you have a ridiculous amount of room.

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    if you got a wire its magna steer. youtube has vids, they use a lift but you can see how it comes out.


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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    I do have the wire although I checked the trunk and do not have any of those rpo codes.

    Thank you for the how to!!!

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    wire leads up to the tranny shiftier, has a blue plug.

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    That would be what I have

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealthee View Post
    Its two bolts to drop the subframe. It takes more work and more effort to do it your way. With the subframe dropped you have a ridiculous amount of room.
    Yea but it's really not that big of a deal to fish it out and I've never had those bolts out nor do I have a big compressor and impact.


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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    dont need air, they come right out most of the time. and it really does make the whole job easier, from getting the lines off to the bolts out, to extraction of the rack.

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00TL..._1486274080081
    This seems like a good deal with the debate right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottydoggs View Post
    if you got a wire its magna steer. youtube has vids, they use a lift but you can see how it comes out.

    That video is amazing! Although still seems like quite a b*tch to do without a lift

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    I did it lying on my back with nothing but a jack and stands. The only issue I ran into was my line wrench was a hair too long and was hitting the cat on my ZZP downpipe. After fighting with the angle for a few minutes I got pissed enough to cut 2 inches off the wrench. After that I got the lines right off.

    Without the subframe being dropped I don't see any easy way to access the lines. Doing it without dropping the subframe just sounds like a terrible idea. Oh, and when I did the rack on my car I think I was around 170k miles and the bolts came right out without hassle.

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    Default Re: Who's replaced a rack and pinion?

    Is the rack a common failure on our grand prixs

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