How do you remove the rack pinion 1993 Lincoln mark viii?
Like every do-it-yourself repair, safety comes first. You will
need to be under the car. Use only well-rated and stable frame
stands to support the car. Have some backup supports if for some
reason the car shifts. Think three times. Act once. Elevate the car
so that you have adequate room to work. You will need about 12
inches of clearance above your chest minimum. Remove the wheels and
set them aside. Remove the tie rod ends from the lower A-arm
assembly. Above the transverse frame member you will find the point
that the steering shaft enters the rack. The steering shaft has a
groove machined around it, andis retained by a bolt that is
threaded into the universal joint at the steering gear. Using a
13mm. hex socket, remove the bolt. USe as suitable means to spread
the split where the bolt was removed, to allow the shaft to drop
out of the universal joint. This might take some persuasion if the
car has seen a lot of snow and salt. Move next forward under the
car. Remove the two large bolts from the front of the rack housing.
The two on the ends. Not the one in the middle, its just a dust
cover. This WILL take some persuasion or an impact wrench. It will
also take backup wrenches on the nut-end of the bolt. In extreme
cases, you might have to cut the bolts off. If so, cut them next to
the frame member. Once removed, the steering gear housing is free
of the frame. Remove the hose connections from the top end of the
housing. The connections on the underside are "captive" and go with
the steering gear. There's no need to remove them. The unit will
bleed fluid. It's best to have some cardboard or absorbent cloth
under the car while you're working, and after you dismount the
unit. If the car is in good condition and is getting regular
service, and is a warm weather car, removal should take about an
hour plus setup. If not, count on at least half a day for cutting
bolts, letting penetrating oil work on rust buildup etc. Have fun!
This one's nasty.