Today I removed the front diff, and the steering rack.
I have some things to add to this write up
I am not a skilled mechanic by any means, but I learn as I go and do as much work as I can. It will be easier to fix on a trail if I've done it in the shop. Yes this was a little difficult of a job, but only in time and access frustrations. I had it a little easier with the diff out, and a smart friend helping. I am glad I have done this work myself...of course I still have to put it together.
Thanks Engine er for the writeup and the courage.
I did the Engine lift method a couple of weeks back to change the steering rack and it was easy enough. I struggled with separating the steering column from the rack - but that was more a rust issue. With the engine lifted and a little bit of man handling the steering rack comes out easy enough. Also I have the 2003 LX470 and the design of the steering rack mounts on the passenger side is different from earlier 100s. In essence it is identical to the driver side mount - so that was easy enough for me. If I had to do it again I could probably do it in 3 hours or so.
Question: What was it that made you have to R&R your steering rack?
Did it break, was your rig wondering all over the road, was it feeling sloppy, just won the lottery and needed to spend some money, all the above, or?
Cliff, its been too many years and unfortunately I didn't take adequate notes when we installed the new rack on mine...but I do recall having a mismatch issue between the power steering line fitting end ('99 OEM) and the new rack's ports. Did you experience this?
You can usually re-use copper washers, once you anneal them.For those who had the copper washers and did not replace, those are usually good for a few uses. If you did not replace the nuts and bolts AND did not use locktite, for insurance you may want to do one or the other.
You can get to the PS bolts the way I did it, using a 2" deep socket that will reach over the rack, even without lifting the engine. You just need to remove the skid plate.Klaus, the issue with the wierd extensions was because we weren't using the engine lift technique. The ones who lifted the engine did not have to experience this.