Taurus RACK & PINION??????
The inevitable happened today with my 99 Taurus. The power steering pump started to get angry and remained angry until I fed it additional fluid. I checked to see where the fluid was going and sure enough, the passenger's side was soaked with pump fluid around where the rack and pinion are.
I go a price from a "friend" of $1000 to change the rack. I asked if it was repairable and told, "NOPE". That price will include alignment. I checked a new assembly out at RockAuto and found the new prices ranged from about $175-220. Of course, this is just for the part. I also noticed they sell seal kits for $20 which is what I think is gone.
*What should changing this assemble cost?
*How difficult is it to just change the seals and is something recommended?
*How long should it take an inexperienced guy to change this thing?
*The picture in RockAuto does not show tierod ends or their connections. Des this come with inside tie rod ends or am I wrong about where the tie rod ends go?
*Are any special tools needed to replace this thing?
*Is this something you would recommend for the "shade tree guy?"
Your inputs/suggestions are important! OH before I go, how do I gget to post this question with BOLD FONT??