Go Back   DodgeForum.com > Dodge Trucks > Dodge Dakota > 1st Gen Dakota
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


1st Gen Dakota '96 & Older Dakota's

rack and pinion install

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-20-2006, 09:28 PM
jonnymagnum's Avatar
jonnymagnum jonnymagnum is offline
Grand Champion
2005 Dodge Ram 1500
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 6,645
Default rack and pinion install

I'm gonna bring my old 88 dakota 2wd out for the winter soon and the rack is leaking bad. I can get a new one for $250, how hard is it to replace? the seals are blown on my old one and it will leak it out as fast as your putting it in.
________
Toyota chaser specifications
This ad is not displayed to registered and logged-in members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Dodge Forums!

Last edited by jonnymagnum; 05-08-2011 at 03:50 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-21-2006, 05:26 AM
dodgerules86's Avatar
dodgerules86 dodgerules86 is offline
Champion
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 1996 Dakota 4x4, 3.9L, extended cab, automatic.
Location: Sycamore, Illinois (displaced to Arkansas)
Posts: 4,121
Default RE: rack and pinion install

Looks fairly straight forward. You have to remove the tie-rod ends though, that'd probably be the hardest part.
(Taken from the 1990 service manual)
Rack and Pinion Gear (Powered and Non-powered, 2WD)
Removal-
(1) Raise and support truck
(2) Remove front wheels
(3) Take off cotter-pins and nuts from the tie-rod ends at steering knuckles.
(4) Remove tie-rod ends using proper tool. Failure to use proper tool could damamge tie-rod and seal.
(5) Remove hoses from pump (power systems only)
(6) Disconnect steering coupler from pinion gear
(7) Remove bolts attaching gear to crossmember
(8) Remove gear

Installation-
(1) Position gear at crossmember and install attaching bolts. (For manual - non-powered - rack and pinion gears, ensure that the master serration is aligned.)
(2) Tighten gear-to-crossmember bolts to 150 ft-lbs torque.
(3) Connect steering coupler to pinion gear.
(4) Install tie-rods. Tighten nuts to 40 ft-lbs torque and install new cotter pins.
(5) Install hoses (power systems only)
(6) Inspect hoses for leaks
(7) Adjust toe-in and tighten lock-nut to 55 ft-lbs torque.
__________________
If parts ain't flyin', you ain't tryin'.
1996 Dodge Dakota, 4x4, extended cab, 3.9L, automatic. - my baby
2012 VW Jetta Premium with Nav, 2.0L TDI diesel, 6-speed manual - the daily
Traded: 2009 Toyota Corolla S, 1.8L, 5-speed manual
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-21-2006, 02:48 PM
jonnymagnum's Avatar
jonnymagnum jonnymagnum is offline
Grand Champion
2005 Dodge Ram 1500
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 6,645
Default RE: rack and pinion install

thanks for the list. so does that mean I will have to get an alignment after?
the new rack comes with new tie rod ends so it wont really make a difference if I break the old ones taking them out. and I'm also gonna buy new power steering lines, cause my luck as soon as I replace the rack then I'll blow a line.


________
Ship Sale

Last edited by jonnymagnum; 05-08-2011 at 03:50 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-21-2006, 05:57 PM
dodgerules86's Avatar
dodgerules86 dodgerules86 is offline
Champion
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 1996 Dakota 4x4, 3.9L, extended cab, automatic.
Location: Sycamore, Illinois (displaced to Arkansas)
Posts: 4,121
Default RE: rack and pinion install


Quote:
ORIGINAL: jonnymagnum
and I'm also gonna buy new power steering lines, cause my luck as soon as I replace the rack then I'll blow a line.
Lol, your not the only one with that "luck" [:@]

It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to get an alignment afterwards. You can adjust your toe-in yourself with not much more than ratchet and socket and measuring tape. (The distance of the front of the tires vs. the distance of the rear of the tires, should be 1/8 inch closer on the front)

But, if you drive the older Dakota often enough, it would probably be a good idea to get it all done (toe-in, camber, caster).
__________________
If parts ain't flyin', you ain't tryin'.
1996 Dodge Dakota, 4x4, extended cab, 3.9L, automatic. - my baby
2012 VW Jetta Premium with Nav, 2.0L TDI diesel, 6-speed manual - the daily
Traded: 2009 Toyota Corolla S, 1.8L, 5-speed manual
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-21-2006, 10:57 PM
jonnymagnum's Avatar
jonnymagnum jonnymagnum is offline
Grand Champion
2005 Dodge Ram 1500
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 6,645
Default RE: rack and pinion install

ok thanks, Im doin it all this weekend so I'll let you know how it goes.
________
EUROPEAN RECIPES

Last edited by jonnymagnum; 05-08-2011 at 03:50 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-27-2006, 06:08 PM
jonnymagnum's Avatar
jonnymagnum jonnymagnum is offline
Grand Champion
2005 Dodge Ram 1500
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 6,645
Default RE: rack and pinion install

ok, so I got it all done and it's one the road now. the rack was easy to take out once I finnally got it disconnected from the steering coupler.[:@] after that it mostly went good. I had to buy new tierods cause the old ones were just about shot. and since it was out I did them.

after I got everything hooked up and put the new lines on and filled it up with power steering fluid. I started her up and then the pump was leaking.[:@] so I took a pump off one of my other vehicles and then I had to switch the pullies on it cause the dakota needed the pully with the holes in it. so after I switched the pullies and installed the other pump I started it up an no more leaks. then I did a half fast alignment, then took it for a road test. it doesnt pull at all, so I dont think I will need an alignment.

heres some pics of her I took a while ago. she's gottin a lil rough from just sittin around.



[IMG]local://upfiles/20888/9078347B14BB4CF086B4B9AD8B4D91DE.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]local://upfiles/20888/6B8ECAAE2495492195F5256C2D37C888.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]local://upfiles/20888/0006C9A1D8B94990B887A0A725C2B5C0.jpg[/IMG]
________
Problems From Nexium

Last edited by jonnymagnum; 05-08-2011 at 03:54 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-28-2006, 03:44 AM
dodgerules86's Avatar
dodgerules86 dodgerules86 is offline
Champion
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 1996 Dakota 4x4, 3.9L, extended cab, automatic.
Location: Sycamore, Illinois (displaced to Arkansas)
Posts: 4,121
Default RE: rack and pinion install

Good to hear its done. And hopefully without any damage from thrown tools
__________________
If parts ain't flyin', you ain't tryin'.
1996 Dodge Dakota, 4x4, extended cab, 3.9L, automatic. - my baby
2012 VW Jetta Premium with Nav, 2.0L TDI diesel, 6-speed manual - the daily
Traded: 2009 Toyota Corolla S, 1.8L, 5-speed manual
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-23-2007, 09:46 PM
ajr703 ajr703 is offline
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1
Default RE: rack and pinion install

how exactly did you get the rack disconnected from the coupler? i have a 92 2wd... there's a spring pin that holds the coupler to the rack and pinion and for the life me i can't get that sucker out. i've tried wd40, pb blaster, vice grips, punches, etc... no luck... any tips at this point would be greatly, greatly apprectiated... my saws-all is starting to look mighty tempting........
Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2007, 09:46 PM
 
 
 
Reply




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Join DodgeForum
Advertising

Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
Our Sponsors
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:05 PM.

Internet Brands, Inc.


Contact Details & Emails