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Author Topic: Steering Rack Replacement - Partial Shaft  (Read 3012 times)
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semaj
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« on: December 23, 2014, 06:03:36 PM »

Folks, I have a question I was hoping someone could help me out.

I am replacing the steering rack on my 2004 Aztek FWD. (it failed inspection, I have to do it, no choice). I found a couple of pretty good step by steps on how to do it and I believe that I can. However, I am encountering a problem. I need to disconnect the lower end of the steering partial shaft from the steering rack. This is covered by a boot. I can push the boot up the shaft MAYBE 1-1.5" . The bolt which I need to unscrew seems to be about 6 inches up the shaft. It does not seem possible to get the boot further up. I feel like I MUST be missing something and was hoping someone could give me a tip.

Thanks very much!
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2015, 07:50:13 PM »

Bumping this, i may be next.  Were you able to replace the rack?  how did it go?
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2016, 01:25:11 PM »

Sorry for the super late reply but I figured someone might have this problem in the future and need an answer.
The answer for how to disconnect the I-shaft is to spray the plastic boot with silicone grease and get a pry bar on the bottom of it and just shove that thing up as far as you can. Then, while holding it up with the pry bar get a socket on the bolt and remove it.
It sucks hard.
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