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Old 07-15-2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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hey guys im new to the forum. really glad to find it! i was wondering if anyone has replaced their own rack and pinion without a lift. is it possible? how many hours? i need to swap mine asap but dont have the 700+ for the shop to throw at it right now. thanks guys
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Old 07-15-2010, 7:44 PM   #2
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i did my dakota r/t a couple months back on jack stands, but it sits significantly higher than the TL. it would be tight - get it as high in the air as you can, but it is possible.
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took about 3 hours to remove old, install new, install new tie rod ends. another 30 -45 to fill and bleed the system. this was my first time ever doing he job, so it could be done much quicker.
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thanks for the reply man. ill get it on the jackstands in the am hopefully ill get the old one off tomorrow and wait for parts to arrive. thanks alot
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I have pulled mine off before with nothing other than a set of jackstands. Its not terribly hard to do on the TL.
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thanks for the step by step. im feeling a lot more confident now for sure when it says remove the steering wheel does that mean from the rod of removing the whole unite out thru the fire wall? not sure if that makes sense... do i have to disconnect the airbag when doing this? thanks for all the help guys
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You dont have to remove the steering colum/wheel but it makes assembly and removal easier. I didnt, and just worked around it. And make sure to DISCONNECT the battery first so there is no possibility of setting the air bag off
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so i followed all the directions.. pretty straight forward untill u get to actually removing the POS from the car. ive pulled twisted cursed took a break cursed and twisted some more but no go. this thing will not come out. there seems to be a large piece at the top that will not allow the rack to come out. im about ready to use a hand grenade if i dont get it out soon. any ideas? theres a piece of metal blocking the whole thing from dropping out but theres no directions to remove it. i think its part of the frame.... so ready to be done!
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ah i took a break and some how i missed a step.. no problem everythings taken care of. thanks for the help fsttyms1
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