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Add to the list of issues my '96 has, the steering rack is leaking out of the left bellow (boot) YAH!

This isn't a job i'm 100% looking forward too, mostly the hose or input shaft side of it.

Now i have two questions;

1. Would a Rack out of an early Supercoupe work in my '96? since i have a spare of those kicking around.
2. What would be the easiest to swap out the one that's in my '96 (4.6L by the way)

I mean me and the wife have been thinking of trading it in for a lease return 2010 Ford Fusion SEL. so maybe this is a sign to get rid of it NOW?
 

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Add to the list of issues my '96 has, the steering rack is leaking out of the left bellow (boot) YAH!

This isn't a job i'm 100% looking forward too, mostly the hose or input shaft side of it.

Now i have two questions;

1. Would a Rack out of an early Supercoupe work in my '96? since i have a spare of those kicking around.
2. What would be the easiest to swap out the one that's in my '96 (4.6L by the way)

I mean me and the wife have been thinking of trading it in for a lease return 2010 Ford Fusion SEL. so maybe this is a sign to get rid of it NOW?
I just saw where my PS lines were routed, as I'm in the middle of fighting to get my rack out of the car, and a rebuilt replacement installed back in....yeah, that trade-in idea is looking mighty nice right now...
 

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I had to replace the pressure line on my '91 XR7 once, that was fun as is too, since there was more room to see what your doing from above:eek:

My wife also wants me to sell off my '89 XR7 and '91 SC For like $1000ea :(
 

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I had to replace the pressure line on my '91 XR7 once, that was fun as is too, since there was more room to see what your doing from above:eek:

My wife also wants me to sell off my '89 XR7 and '91 SC For like $1000ea :(
Forgive me for saying this but, find a new wife? :tongue: :D

If not, consider me first in line for the $1k MN12s... :tongue:
 

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The rack is the worst thing I replaced yet.

Getting it off is easy, lol.

Getting the high pressure fitting on, without getting it full of stuff, in the tiny spot you have to work with, is a nightmare.

Hopefully you have small hands.

Seems like I had to hug the crossmember, one hand on the hose, and the other turning the fitting with an open end wrench thru the hole.

Good luck!
 

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Small hands i have not :( My wife does, but i know she won't do it ;)

I may try to get it into the shop (that i work for) to get a better look at it. But today we're going to one of those `Auto-malls' (complex area that has a bunch of dealerships) and we'll be seeing what's out there.
so far the contenders are as follows:
2010-2011 Ford Fusion (like to get an SEL model) (but the tranny issue they have scare me)
2007-2008 Acura TL (With Navigation, since without it, the dash SUCKS!)
2011 Chev Cruze

Raptor22 if you want information on the two cars, yet me know
But pictures are here of the two that are forsale
 

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Small hands i have not :( My wife does, but i know she won't do it ;)

I may try to get it into the shop (that i work for) to get a better look at it. But today we're going to one of those `Auto-malls' (complex area that has a bunch of dealerships) and we'll be seeing what's out there.
so far the contenders are as follows:
2010-2011 Ford Fusion (like to get an SEL model) (but the tranny issue they have scare me)
2007-2008 Acura TL (With Navigation, since without it, the dash SUCKS!)
2011 Chev Cruze

Raptor22 if you want information on the two cars, yet me know
But pictures are here of the two that are forsale
If you are getting a Fusion, the ones with the 6speed standard transmissions are incredible little cars. :)

I was just giving you guff in the above post, I didnt realize you were actually listening to her. :tongue:

Whats the mechanical condition of both cars? Where are you located?
 

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On the fusion front it'll be nice if you can get a 3.0L Equipped SEL model with a 6 speed manual :)

Well mechanically the two cars are pretty good, the '89 XR7 has a hit and miss ignition issue (DIS module) and the SC has an issue starting when Hot, but has always started.

More on the SC
More on the XR7

Both cars drive nice, are great cruising cars, and get better gas mileage, more fun to drive then my '96 XR7 :rolleyes:

Forgot to add, i'm up in Vancouver BC Canada
 

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Unless you are a professional driver, get the automatic. That trans will shift better than any normal person ever could. With the VVT and the over drive you can still get 32MPG on the highway and roast the tires with the traction control turned off.
Personally the next car will be more `family' oriented so Racing will be out, least when i'm not alone :tongue:
and what would be considered a `professional driver'? :tongue:

Also least a Acura TSX or TL you can get them with 6 speed manuals (even thou TLs it's hard to find them, unless it's a S-type)
 

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Unless you are a professional driver, get the automatic. That trans will shift better than any normal person ever could. With the VVT and the over drive you can still get 32MPG on the highway and roast the tires with the traction control turned off.
Personally the next car will be more `family' oriented so Racing will be out, least when i'm not alone :tongue:
and what would be considered a `professional driver'? :tongue:

Also least a Acura TSX or TL you can get them with 6 speed manuals (even thou TLs it's hard to find them, unless it's a S-type)
Motor Trend got better fuel economy from the 6 speed stick and it was WAY more fun to drive. :)
 

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Heh I personally just like manual transmissions over automatics.

My '91 XR7 was even a pleasure to drive in rush hour, the 3.75 first coupled to a 3.27 final drive even on a slight incline i could just use one foot on the clutch pedal to creep along with the traffic :) with the odd even shifting into 2nd gear well doing that :)

I should just tear apart my SC to rebuild my 91 XR7 :)
 

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Now to try and get back on topic alittle,

So would the rack from say a '89-91iah supercoupe work in a '96 Xr7 4.6L?
From what I can tell is yes?
 

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Now to try and get back on topic alittle,

So would the rack from say a '89-91iah supercoupe work in a '96 Xr7 4.6L?
From what I can tell is yes?
Looking at the RockAuto listings - every vendor lists 89-97 TBird and Cougar, and all Mark VIIIs, as being the same.

So, I'd say yes.

BTW - RockAuto DOES list them. I'd also get the bushings (I mean, if you're pulling it that far apart, why not?)

Plus new outer idler arms ... but that's an option.

RwP
 

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Heh i put some of that `fancy dancy, typically snake oil' Stop leak type stuff into the system, and what you know, it seems to have slowed the leak down a good amount, if not even stopped it :eek:
 

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A similar issue came up on my TeamZX2 forums and most of the guys there come to the conclusion that disconnecting the power steering altogether and looping the lines together to make it a manual rack is a cheap and fun (all relative, of course) way to fix a power steering rack woe. That is, unless you really like having power steering.

TeamZX2 forums said:
i just took my p/s pump out and disconnected the lines, been like this for almost a year now no probs. there is a thread on here for routing a belt without p/s and with out a/c and p/s.
 

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Heh i put some of that `fancy dancy, typically snake oil' Stop leak type stuff into the system, and what you know, it seems to have slowed the leak down a good amount, if not even stopped it :eek:
You'll regret that when the outer rack seals swell up and fill the inner tie rod dust boots with fluid starving the ps pump and damaging the belt and/or harmonic balancer when it suddenly locks up.
 

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Hi

I hope this is on your 5.0 car!?
Alot more room to work!

Has anyone have connection change woes?
I have a couple of those 90* lines that are different?

What is a ZX2??

:zdunno:
 

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Since that's where the leak was originally coming from. Also usually power steering pump gives a hint of a warning when it starts getting low (already been there long time ago on my '96, and once on my '91 XR7)

And since i don't trust this car for taking on a long cross country tour i think I'll be safe:)
 

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Hi

I hope this is on your 5.0 car!?
Alot more room to work!

What is a ZX2??
Nope on my '96 4.6L car. i wish it was on my 5.0L, OR even 3.8SC car :) Hence the whole `stop leak' attempted :) I'm not a big fan of those kind of things, and my '96 has been the ONLY car tho ever receive it. ( '91 XR7 never had a drop in it in the 120,000+ miles i put on it for example, and i had the heater core (the one and ONLY) blow on my like 100 miles away from home!)

ZX2 is a sub model of an Escort of the mid '90s??
 
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