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Old 12-28-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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I just removed my PS rack to replace with a depowered rack, and put in new tie rod ends while im at it.

However, when attempting to reinstall the rack into the car, I can't for the life of me get the damn steering shaft back into the splined hole coming out from the firewall. I removed the u joint from the rack and attempted to get it back in that way, but it kept moving on me when i would strike it with a hammer. The shaft itself seems to be stuck inside the u joint so I cant separate the two to try and simply hammer just the shaft back in first.

What do you guys typically do to get the rack back in?
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Your steering no longer likes you...

--take the bolt out that clamps down the U joint and carefully wedge a screwdriver or such in there. If that doesn't loosen things up, you'll need to loosen everything up to get a better angle on the spline and u joint.
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Ahh, my intermediate shaft was stuck into the u-joint on the rack as well. Besides loosening it up with a screw driver and spraying it with liquid wrench I pulled the u-joint off the rack side, this one should come off easy since its covered in grease and the boot. Then clamped it in a vice and used a big punch and hammer to hammer the intermediate shaft out. Also good ******* luck getting the intermediate shaft back into the collapsible section of the column with both plastic pieces.
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Ahh, my intermediate shaft was stuck into the u-joint on the rack as well. Besides loosening it up with a screw driver and spraying it with liquid wrench I pulled the u-joint off the rack side, this one should come off easy since its covered in grease and the boot. Then clamped it in a vice and used a big punch and hammer to hammer the intermediate shaft out. Also good ******* luck getting the intermediate shaft back into the collapsible section of the column with both plastic pieces.
Lol! Did you clamp the u joint or the intermediate shaft in the vice? I clamped the intermediate shaft and tried hammering the u joint off the shaft after soaking it in kroil, still no luck. I might need to use some heat.

As far as getting it back into the column..idk why its so hard.
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I clamped the u-joint and hit the shaft out.
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