Getting the steering rack is proving to be harder than I thought it would be. Tom's been working solo for the past year after the one other guy who worked there fell off the alignment rack and tore his rotator cuff and Tom's looking to retire soon himself. And then in April he fell off his roof, tore his rotator cuff as well along with cracking his skull. He was out for 9 weeks. His arm isn't 100% yet so I asked around at a few other shops he trusts and they won't install the rack that I have. I understand why they don't want to touch parts I brought in, it just sucks, I can't afford to pay for a second rack through them you know.
So I'll be checking in with Tom periodically to see how he's doing and if he's up for the job, I've also offered to assist with the install however I can if need be. Hopefully this will all work out.
It's not that they can't do the job, it's that they won't do it if I provide the part myself. And I understand why they won't, if only because they can't warranty the part if something goes wrong. I'm sure any shop could do it but it would cost me exponentially more. I've been sitting on this rack for I think 3 years now, and I bought it because there was no core charge attached to it. Everytime I had money set aside to get it put in something else more pressing came along and eat up the funds.
I need to get it ready for a road trip and frankly I'm sick of having to pop the hood to top off the pump reservoir. It's hidden just under the alternator and it's not just a pain in the ass to get to with my hands but also dangerous because it's surrounded by really hot shit everywhere. I keep a small towel in my trunk so I can wrap it around my hand and arm which buys me a few seconds to wedge my hand in there and get the cap off/on before I get burned.