Re: Replacing 1998-2000 Ranger/ Mazda truck rack and pinion
It would be a good idea to get a Haynes or Chiltons manual for exact information. You could use it for other help when you need it. Your local Library sometimes has them.
Doing this type of work for 48 years, I can usually figure things out as I go along but sometimes need a guide. Always with electrical work. Here's what I can suggest if you don't get a manual
1. It's best to take the outer tie rods out of the spindle before turning them off.
2. If the studs have a hex on the tip, you can turn them out to remove it.
3.I believe you would have to loosen the rod inside. (Not sure)
4.I don't remember
5. Take the return hose off of the pump and let it run out from there. Then when the rack is removed, turn it back and forth to get the fluid out of the rack.
6.Turn the rack with the steering joint end and count the turns end to end. Turn it to center and the shaft will only go on in one spot on the rack.
Hope this helps. Someone else might have recent experience with replacing one and hopefuly reply.