Front End Woes

Discussion in 'Tech Info' started by 2003MOPAR, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. 2003MOPAR

    2003MOPAR Member

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    Hi everyone. I would like some suggestions on a DIY project I have in mind. I have a 2003 with 75K miles on it and the usual things are starting to wear out. Top of my list is the rack & pinion. I think I can do this repair in my driveway with limited need for specialized tools. I think.

    What I would like to know is are there any "special" tools required? I have yet to look at a repair manual so I know that would answer my question. But what fun would that be? I'd like to give you guys the opportunity to weigh-in and offer suggestions before I start banging my knuckles on the undercarriage.

    2003, 4.7L, Standard Cab, Short bed.
     
  2. SilverStreak88

    SilverStreak88 Senior Member

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    Just need a good socket set, a ball joint separator for the outer tie rods and some patients. Probably Allen Keys as well for the steering shaft at the gear box.
     
  3. HemiLonestar

    HemiLonestar Senior Member

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    At 75k you're needing to do this? I just now did my front end and my R&P is still good at over 160,000.
     
  4. pajeepman

    pajeepman Senior Member

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    Bought my '03 in December 2015 with 85k on it. It needed a rack then, still needs it. Leaks and has hardly any steering when very cold until I cycle the steering wheel back and forth a little bit a few times. Looks easy to do.

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  5. axshon

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    Getting ready to do my 03 1500 QC. I'll be replacing the PS pump, high pressure line and adding a filter to the return line first. If the leak and noise clears up (I don't think it will) I'll install the R&P from a donor truck and moog tie rod ends which I already have. The only thing that concerns me is the torque on the mounting bolts. Looks to be either 235 ft/lb which will be harder on my shoulder than I'd like to think about. I had to use a 30" crescent wrench on the back nut to get it off the donor...
     

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