I understand that rack replacement on the 900 and 9-3 requires engine removal. At first peer, all seems quite accessible. What is it that prevents rack removal with engine in place ?
Is it really impossible ?
Car in mind is a 1998 9-3 2.0T
0.5 for this task is a fair set up time; but, as it was the first time for me; it seemed to be 5.0:cheesy: !!! It was actually more than that, only Sears and the tool-mobile guys have the 16 mm 3/8 socket.Wow, 1/2 hour, that's got to be a record of some sort. Of course, if you were charging by the hour I suspect that it would take a little longer. Heck, it takes me 1/2 hour just to find my tools... Ron
Easy?Of course with the engine up in the air the job is easy. But I replaced several on 900 and 93s with everything in place. It comes out through the drivers side opening. First remove outer ends out the struts, than remove inner tie rod ends, disconnect the hoses (lift the fuse/relay box to get better access from the top), undo bolts holding the rack, remove the bolt (M10) holding the steering column u-joint to the rack, and gently take it out through the opening on the drivers side. I managed to do the last one in 1/2 hours. After disconnecting the rack from the steering column, make sure not to turn the steering wheel (use some duct tape to hold it in place).I used some small bungee cords, the tape does not stick that well, this is a very important step. And you do not need to crawl under the car to swap the rack; just lift it up to remove the front wheels. Easy!