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      03-12-2020, 07:07 PM   #23
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I've done two N52 pan gaskets on RWD cars, on jack stands, in the driveway. Neither time could I get the steering column to separate from the rack to let me properly lower the subframe. Lost a few hours trying. Ended up laying right on the ground, subframe on my chest, and snaking the pan in and out. First one took about 10 hours. Second one I wasted less time trying to get the steering disconnected and just crawled back under, took about 8 hours.
Any reason why you didn't unbolt the steering rack from the subframe and suspend it with some ratchet straps or something? From what I remember, the rack bolts to the top of the subframe.
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Any reason why you didn't unbolt the steering rack from the subframe and suspend it with some ratchet straps or something? From what I remember, the rack bolts to the top of the subframe.
Good idea. Not sure why I didn't try that. I'll keep it in mind now that I have another one that looks like it needs a pan gasket.

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Good idea. Not sure why I didn't try that. I'll keep it in mind now that I have another one that looks like it needs a pan gasket.
Nevermind... I took at look at my car yesterday, and the tie-rod arms are beneath the subframe so it wouldn't be possible to leave the rack tied up. I rescind my previous comment
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Nevermind... I took at look at my car yesterday, and the tie-rod arms are beneath the subframe so it wouldn't be possible to leave the rack tied up. I rescind my previous comment
That's probably why I didn't do that.
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