Originally Posted by Stevo86
Ok as far as the rack goes, yeah you kinda just have to swap them out.
That intake and thermostat job is ridiculous though considering #1 a thermostat gasket is $8 at autozone and #2 you have to remove the thermostat housing to remove the intake so double charging you is 100% BS.
Replacing the intake gasket is very easy to do if you have a basic knowledge of mechanics. Simply remove the air intake pipe and throttle body. Remove your COP's, bleed off the fuel rail pressure at the service fitting and disconnect the fuel line. Unplug everything and unbolt the manifold. Replace the gaskets (they even have tabs that stick into the heads so you can't put them on wrong) and replace them then put it all back together. Torque the bolts in the proper sequence and you're done. It sounds real easy and it definitely is. Be sure to inspect the manifold though to make certain that it isn't failing as well. They are notorious for leaking coolant where the aluminum crossover bolts to the plastic manifold.
Also yes a bad intake gasket will cause white smoke if it is broken near the coolant passages.
A quick edit: The gaskets both have holes for the coolant crossover that is on the front of the D/S head so when the P/S gasket goes on it will look funny. Don't worry Ford did that on purpose because people were mixing the gaskets up side to side so they updated the part and made one gasket for both sides.
so your thinking the rack and pinion might be a better option to get done by a shop?
also ive heard of people upgrading to a 180 degree thermostat, should i do this while i have it out? what are the benefits of a lower temp thermostat, just having more control?
i read a little bit about replacing the intake manifold gaskets and i understand there is upper and lower gaskets? the lower ones are the ones that sit underneath the intake manifold? I also read that you can just disconnect the fuel injectors and bend the fuel rail over to the side thus avoiding disconnecting it, have you tried this?
do you guys have any recommendations on where to get parts and if i should just buy the rack and pinion new?
thanks for the great info it helps a ton!