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Replacing Steering Rack

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacovic, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Jul 12, 2011 at 9:53 PM
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    tacovic

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    I tried to replace my steering rack the other day and came up short. I was hoping someone who has done this before could give me some insight. I figured everything out except for 2 things. How do you get the high/low pressure lines off that connect to the rack? Mine are pretty rusty and covered in power steering fluid and they are also at a weird angle. I tried using a 17 mm wrench but it would slip. Does anyone know of a tool to use to get the 2 nuts that hold the lines off? I also was wondering how to get the axle seal loose. I tried using a pry bar with no luck. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Jul 13, 2011 at 7:10 AM
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    you probably need a flare nut wrench to remove the power steering hoses. something like:

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  3. Jul 13, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    We actually went out and bought one of those. 17mm in size. The flare wrench would still slip and round the nut over.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2011 at 4:36 PM
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    Did you manage to get em off with the 17mm wrench? I managed to break both of those lines and need to get em off too.
     
  5. Dec 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    If you broke both lines, try a vice grip.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2011 at 9:33 PM
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    I did this job once...not sure what to tell you for hydraulic lines other than vice grips. For the 2nd question, you shouldn't need to mess with your axle seals at all...I never did and replaced my rack with no problems...
     
  7. Dec 19, 2011 at 4:45 AM
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    i just changed the rack on my 4cyl taco. i live in the salt belt, so they were not coming loose. i ended up breaking the line loose from the steering pump. i then removed the rack and lines all in one. then i threw it in the vice and gently heated the lines at the rack with a torch. when i say use low heat i meen it, they are fragile. but thats how i did mine. if yours is a v-6 this might be more dificult to do. but for what they charge for the high pressure line from toyota, the ass ache would be worth it. imho
     
  8. Jan 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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    bump, i may need to replace mine soon. I was wondering if I can use a steering rack off a 2wd Prerunner. Are the racks all the same on the 2nd Gen tacos?
     
  9. Jan 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM
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    I don't know for sure, but I have never come across parts that were interchangeable between the two generations. Subbed for the answer though.
     
  10. Jan 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM
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    what replacement rack did you buy?

    I just found out my rack is shot in my 97. Whats the best replacement option? Autozone and Advanced Auto has remanufactured units for $300. Trail gear has one for $400.

    The Autozone one is duralast and has a lifetime warranty. The Advanced auto on is by fenco and also has a lifetime warranty.

    The TG unit only has a 1 year warranty.
     
  11. Jan 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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    ive found a bunch of ebay ones for around $150
     
  12. Jan 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM
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    hmmm...I wonder what the quality is like.

    the nice thing about the autozone or advanced auto ones is that with the life time warranty I can just rip the bitch off and get a new one.
     
  13. Jan 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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    you know...I take that back.

    After looking at racks on ebay, most of them have lifetime warranties and come with prepaid lablels to send back you rold rack for the core refund...

    Some of them are pretty serious in saying that they dont use chinese parts to rebuild them too...
     
  14. Jan 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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    plus with the cheap ones, you can have an extra one in your truck, so when you're stuck in BME with a broken rack, you can replace it without being towed and having to wait for a replacement one.
     
  15. Jan 13, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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    luckily rack replacement on our trucks is a breeze...
     
  16. Jan 14, 2012 at 6:25 AM
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    it wasn't complicated but mine wasn't a breeze, I would definitely leave the lines on and take them off at the pump next time, those were a pain.
     
  17. Feb 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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    Trying to change my rack and the lines were seized on so we had to break them off. Now I find out that dealer wants $300 for new ones :eek: wtf!!!!!! Does anyone know if there is places i can get for cheaper? The online toyota parts sites are all about the same. Maybe a used or salvage site?.....Any help please?!?!?
     
  18. Feb 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM
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    Nope. Looked all over to find cheaper ones. Sucks doesnt it.
     
  19. Feb 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM
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    Fuck! Lame, more than a rack
     
  20. Feb 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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    Well I scored both high pressure lines for $65 :D calminitruck.com they are used but look like new, great condition. Much better than $330 for one! Just FYI for those that are in need!
     
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