I had 4 new tires put on my 2002 LS V8 this past Saturday and was going to have them do an alignment, but the mechanic told me they did not do the alignment because my steering rack was leaking. My question is this would it be wise to have the local Ford garage replace the rack or should I do it myself. I would have to do this in my driveway on jackstands. I already looked in the shop manual and it mentioned something about be careful when disconnecting the steering gear from the steering column, if the steering wheel moves it could damage the clockspring. So my question is just pay the $1000 and have the local Ford garage replace the steering gear or do it myself? It has been 25 years since I had to replace a steering rack and that was on my sister's escort. I searched this forum and did not find much on DIY style replacement of the rack and pinion steering gear, so any advice would be appreciated.