Following the successful drum brake overhauling performed on my Hyundai, I'm now adventuring into the power steering realm of the Ford. I started yesterday by lifting the car and replacing the hood struts (after the hood fell on my head, those struts had to be replaced).
Here's the victim (that's how my wife calls the car now) and my trusty assistant.
Here's a closer view with the driver's side of the R&P showing it's busted boot.
The instructions say that I need to unscrew a support beam thingy that's under the car. By doing this, the whole engine/transmission assembly is supposed to come down a bit, giving room to maneuver with the R&P. I spend some time under the car (few hours actually) just looking at it, trying to figure out if it could be done without that step. But seems unavoidable since I can barely even see the power steering hoses.
Here's the cross member support thingy that needs to be unscrewed.
I'm a bit reluctant to support the engine/transmission assembly with just a jack. The instructions say that the assembly wont fell all the way to the floor. But it looks kinda scary when you are under it so I'm gonna get another pair or jack stands (it's only $19.95) to support the beam thingy when I unscrew it. I also need to unscrew the exhaust or it's gonna break when the engine comes down.
Besides the extra set of jack stands, I'm also gonna need some tools. All my tools are metric and the adjustable wrenches are not gonna cut it. I tried for 30 minutes to unscrew the driver's side steering gear nut thingy with this small wrench... fail:
I also spent another half hour looking at the pins inside the car that hold the steering shaft to the other thingies. That also needs to be taken out before lowering the engine:
And of course, the thread would not be complete without a pic of the new (rebuilt actually) rack and pinion:
I can still put the wheels back and take it to the shop, bent over and pay the $1,200 they asked. But once start taking out bolts and pins, I'll be committed. If I fail, I have a mechanic friend standing by that could finish the jobs for about $300 bucks. But if I have to call him, I'll have to wait a few weeks till he can make some time to come over and do the job.
That's all so far, day #2 into the Rack and Pinion Adventure... so help me God.
PS: Please take into consideration that RubenX IS NOT a mechanic and has no effing idea what he's doing. Comments, helping tips, mindless criticism or just moral support... they are all welcomed.