I hope that I don't have to do this, but instinct tells me otherwise. I'm leaking power steering fluid badly and it doesn't appear to from the recall hose. I'm running some Lucas Oil leak stop stuff through it now in hopes it's just a bad seal. I've researched prices on racks and doing it myself would be significantly cheaper than putting it in the shop.
I've searched the forum and haven't found anything specifically about a rack and pinion install.
Has anyone done this before? Any tips to share or pitfalls to look out for? Can it be done with a floor jack and tall jack stands, or does the job require a lift? Any guidance or help at all would be great.
This ad is not displayed to registered or logged-in members. Register your free account today and become a member on Acurazine!
Find out where it's leaking first, hopefully its a hose or the plastic resevoir. If the rack is leaking usually you can find a considerable amount of oil/fluid in the left or right rubber boots/bellows, jack the car up & poke a little hole in the boots & see if fluid has accumulated in one or both of them. If so you need to get a reconditioned rack assembly.
I've not changed out a 3rd gen, I did change out my grandson's 97 TL, it was fairly std. mechanic work. Pump out the old contaminated fluid after the rack is removed, wouldn't hurt to then flush it out with some fresh fluid. You'll need your tie-rod ends put on your new assembly so measure them & count the # of turns as you remove them from old rack (one side is rt. hand thread, one may be left hand thread but not always), you need the "toe in" adjusted when finished, use Honda Fluid only. I did it on the floor with jack stands at all 4 points. I got a reconditioned rack from "Sam's Rack & Pinion & Axle" in Hollywood FL. (find on Ebay), excellent results after 3 yrs. now. This rack for the 97 TL was less than $200 shipped & core exchange.
Honda and the Honda marquee are registered trademarks of the American Honda Motor Company, Inc. Neither American Honda Motor Company nor its subsidiaries or affiliates shall bear any responsibility for Acurazine.com content, comments, or advertising. Acurazine.com is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Company in any way. American Honda Motor Company does not sponsor, support, or endorse Acurazine.com in any way. Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended or implied.