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    Michael OliverMichael Oliver
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      Ok my MDX needs a new steering rack. The Haynes manual says I need an engine hoist or something similar to do this project. A Honda master mechanic I met at Autozone tells me this is true and that the subframe is complicated as you have to do something called “dropping the cradle” to access the rack. My mechanic wants 1900 bucks to do the job. Is this a job a person with minimal to moderate experience can do? I don’t now and will not in the near future have the kind of cash to have this done. The engine is in great shape. the transmission gets noisy in overdrive and I know the problems that have been associated with this year model. The car has 147,000 miles on it. Im used to getting much more mileage out of Honda products. Do I cut my losses and sell this thing? Im not sure what I could get for it with these problems. Any advice would help. Has anyone changed a rack on this particular model?

      Thanks,

      Michael O

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      BillBill
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        It’s not so much the know how but the tools and equipment needed to complete the job. If you’re in a climate where they use salt on the roads in the winter you might encounter rusted and seized components that require a torch to heat up those components to loosen them.

        I would shop around for a cheaper price to see if the others are close to the quote you were already given before making a decision.

        #581908
        Michael OliverMichael Oliver
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          I have access to everything but the engine hoist. I live in the warm sunny South so no salt. Car has been garage kept. Most all of the bolts are without rust. I guess I’m just a bit apprehensive about the sub frame and possible dangers.

          #581947
          college mancollege man
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            I don’t know the year of the car. But here is a procedure
            from under the car to change the rack.

            http://www.justanswer.com/acura/1zh6n-disassemble-rack-pinion-2001-acura-mdx.html

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