You should remove the rack complete (I disconnect the steering arms from the
swivel-axle assembly), but if you are changing the drivers side engine mount
you don't really need to remove the rack anyway. With a thin open-ended
spanner turning over for each flat you can remove and replace it, but it is
a bit long-winded.
The rack takes 1/2 pint (.4 US pint, .2 litre) of EP SAE 90 oil, this is
usually injected into the big end of one of the gaiters, moving the steering
slowly from lock to lock as you do so.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Monte Morris" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 11:46 PM
Subject: pinion gear
> I'm trying to change a left front motor mount but can't figure out how to
> remove the pinion(rod?) from the gears on the rack. I have loosened the
> steering wheel and pulled it backwards towards the rear of the car. This
> pulled the pinion rod loose from the bottom of the U-joint. I removed the
> cover for the pinion gear housing and the lock nut, washer, and bearings.
> The rod will pull slightly upwards when I pull from the U-joint end, but
> the pinion will not come free from its housing. How do I get it free?
> Next question:
> There is a heavy weight oil in the pinion gear housing that, of course,
> drained out when the cover was removed. How do I go about replacing the
> with the rack remaining on the car? I can see no filler vent.
> Monte 79B
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