Actually the original recall allows 2.7 hrs labor to inspect as required, replace the steering gear, perform a wheel alignment, reprogram the power steering control module and steering wheel angle sensor centering.My local stealership just called me about mine, set an appointment for 9:00 AM on Friday May 22nd. I don't think they know what's involved, yet again. She says it pays 2.1 hrs and involves a software update and alignment. I'm sorry, but but an alignment isn't needed for a software update, and changing the rack and a new alignment takes a lot longer than 2 hours, and then there's the software update, it probably takes an hour or two by itself.
The only good thing I see coming from this is it gets a new steering rack, then they screw up the alignment and it never drives right again.
That's what I remember the original recall saying, but some techs supposedly found a way to change the rack without jacking the engine up. I guess we'll have to see.Do I understand correctly that the engine has to be disconnected from its mounts and held by an engine crane so the cross member can be lowered to be able to access the steering gear?
Unfortunately, regardless of what the recall procedure says, or what you specifically request (even if it is what the factory service manual says for that matter) the method used on your car could very likely to be some hybrid of methodology that the particular tech working on your car has cooked up. I went to great lengths to sleuth out the official procedure, discussed it with both the service writer and service manager, and ensured that all one-time-use hardware was present at the dealer (so it could be completed while I waited), but it didn't matter one whit apparently. The tech on duty that day just did it how he wanted to do it in the end.Thanks. My understanding is that the cross member and engine must be separated to gain access to the steering gear. So I suppose you can support the engine in place and lower the cross member or keep the cross member in place and raise the engine.... (?)
If any of our experts can confirm or clarify the process it would be appreciated.
I'd like to know what's awaiting Wombat. I want to be armed with some knowledge when heading to the dealer.