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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2003, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Steering Rack Replacement

New to this forum and now own a 96 Intrepid with a very noisy steering rack. Unfortunately I haven't purchased the manuals yet (very limited cash - my other car is an RX7) and I am replacing the rack to get her on the road. Didn't look too bad so I am now trying to separate the rack from the steering wheel linkage. Won't come loose though. Is there a clip or something or should this just pop off? Any input appreciated.....
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2003, 03:37 PM
 
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I got no input on this but you might want to post this in the 1st Gen forum for more peeps to see if you haven't already
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This is not a job to do without a service manual of some type. Go get a Chilton or Haynes manual. They have good instructions and following them will save you a world of hurt if you pop the drivers air bag or ruin your clockspring. There is a roll pin you must remove to disconnect the rack from the column and you can damage the clockspring if you are careless.:mg: Just my $0.02:bigsmile:

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Fredb , I figured there was step in there I was missing. I can pull the boot back and see a square fitting where the rack meets. Don't see any airbag considerations. I was going to order the Dodge service manuals but I need to get past this quick. Have you actually done this? Thanks for your reply...
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This is why I suggested a Chilton or Haynes manual which you can get at most parts stores. They don't cost that much. The only work I've done on my rack in the 95 LHS is to replace the passenger side mount isolater because of noise in cold weather. I followed the TSB I copied from Alldata when I had a one year subscription. I do have the Chilton manual and would not be afraid to change the rack if necessary by following their instructions. As a point of caution, the air bag should be disconnected and the negative battery cable removed when doing work on the steering column. I suppose you can get by with just the battery disconnected but the Chrysler instructions will also have you disable the air bag. Just my $0.02.

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Fredb Appreciate it. Yes the negative was disconnected first out. I see the pin but what is the deal with the boot. Do they have you remove it? I was planning on getting the OEM manuals as soon as I get my core back.
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I have just changed rack on 97 Intrepid with 3.5 Liter. I popped out the clip using a 1/4 inch metal drill bit. It came right out using this bit. This is not an easy project because of the prep work, and will require quite a few hours.

I tell you though, this steering design is one of the most dangerous and idiotic engineering feat I have seen on any car.
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