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Long time lurker on the forums and have read and used lots of advice from the site over the years. I appreciate all the contributors that help and explain things to those of us that are still learning.
Hoping someone can assist or explain how to correct the issue I have with the install of my new rack and pinion.
2006 GMC Sierra crew cab 1500 SLE, 5.3
After installing a brand new rack and pinion (not rebuilt unit), my left rotor is at about 10-15deg angle facing out left and my right rotor is about 20 deg angle facing out to the right. So they look like this - \ / but not to that extreme.
I did a front end rebuild on my pickup last week. I replaced upper control arms, lower control arms, stabilizer bar links, and shocks on both sides of the front end.
After I completed all this, I reinstalled tires while waiting on my new rack and pinion to arrive. Everything looked normal as before.
Received the new rack and pinion and outer tie rod ends a couple days ago and did the install following a detailed video as well as instructions someone posted on these forums. Only thing I did different was not drop the stabilizer bar as I noticed I could pull the bolts almost completely out and remove and reinstall the part without that step.
I tied the steering wheel so it wouldn't move and I counted the turns of the outer ends, oddly they were both exactly 16 turns. I installed new outer ends with 16 turns on each side.
When hooking back up the steering shaft to steering gear, I had to rotate the steering gear about 1/2 turn in order for the shaft to slide onto it. I had previously marked the shaft and old gear per instructions, but I'm guessing that is meaningless on a new install.
Is this as simple that I need to adjust the outer ends to get them closer in to alignment? Which would mean the new unit is slightly different than the old one? In hindsight I wish I would have more closely compared the two and measured the full length, end to end. The new rack and pinion came with the inner tie rods already installed. I could pull it all back off and do the measurement, but hoping someone responds with the answer and I don't have to perform a complete removal and install again.
I plan on taking to a shop for an alignment, especially with everything I have done, but I don't want to drive 30 miles with the tires that far out of whack.
Additional question, the old unit has what appears to be just a connecting rod between the right and left boots, but the new unit didn't come with this. Is that of any significance or just different manufacture styles? From what I can tell, it appears to be on remanufactured units, but not on brand new ones. Maybe just part of the rebuild kit? It was kind of in the way to remove the ground strap from the old unit and I had to use open end wrench, but since it wasn't there on new unit, I was able to replace bolt with socket and ratchet.
Thanks for any and all assistance.
I have a grant steering wheel assembly, but I need more insight on how to install. Watched a bunch of videos but couldn't find a good one for what I doing.
Going to be trading my pickup in so I stripped off all the aftermarket stuff.
Everything came off a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 6.2L High Country crew cab short box
Kooks 1 7/8" long tube headers with a Kooks cat-less y-pipe,
Cometic header gaskets, Stage 8 locking header bolts, Stage 8 locking y-pipe bolts, and will include 7 new plug wires
$1100 + shipping
Corsa exhaust with a Flowmaster super series muffler (removed the sport muffler and installed the Flowmaster, did not cut or weld any part of the Corsa system)
$900 + shipping
Airaid MIT intake tube and K&N filter
Armadillo (gatorback) rear mud flaps and Husky molded front mud flaps
Flex fuel sensor and fittings to make it plug and play
I am located in Gillette, Wy 82718 for local/close sales.
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4. Unscrew MAF using Torques bit.
5. Pull up on red tab on MAF. Press and pull up to remove.
6. Unscrew C-clamp on filter box and remove assembly.
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