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    GM Corsica/Beretta 1988-1996 Repair Guide

    Rack And Pinion Steering Gear

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    See Figure 1


    WARNING
    On 1991-96 models, the wheels of the vehicle must be in the straight ahead position and the ignition switch in the LOCK position before disconnecting the flange and coupling assembly from the steering column or the rack and pinion steering gear. Failure to do so may cause the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) coil assembly to become uncentered, which will damage the SIR coil assembly.

    1. From inside the vehicle, remove the left-side lower sound insulator.
    2.  
    3. Remove the upper steering shaft-to-steering rack coupling pinch bolt.
    4.  
    5. Place a drain pan under the steering gear and disconnect the pressure lines from the steering gear.
    6.  
    7. Raise and support the front of the vehicle.
    8.  
    9. Remove both front wheel and tire assemblies.
    10.  
    11. Using the Ball Joint Remover tool No. J-24319-01 or equivalent, disconnect the tie rod ends from the steering knuckles.
    12.  
    13. Lower the vehicle.
    14.  
    15. Remove both steering gear-to-chassis clamps.
    16.  
    17. Slide the steering gear forward and remove the lower steering shaft-to-steering rack coupling pinch bolt.
    18.  
    19. From the firewall, disconnect the coupling and seal from the steering gear.
    20.  
    21. Raise and support the front of the vehicle.
    22.  
    23. Through the left-wheel opening, remove the steering gear with the tie rods.
    24.  

    If the studs were removed with the mounting clamps, reinstall the studs into the cowl panel and tighten to the studs are fully seated against the dash panel. The torque should not exceed 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm). After a second use of the stud a thread locking compound should be used.



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Typical rack and pinion steering gear mounting

    To install:
    1. Install the rack and pinion through the left wheel opening.
    2.  
    3. Install the dash seal on the rack and pinion assembly.
    4.  
    5. Move the rack and pinion assembly forward and install the coupling lower pinch bolt and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Install the gear inlet and outlet pipes to the steering gear and tighten to 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Hand tighten the camp nuts, then tighten the left side clamp nuts first to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm), then tighten the right side clamp nuts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    12.  
    13. Install the tie rod ends to the struts and install the cotter pins after tightening the nuts to 34 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
    14.  
    15. Install the wheel and tire assemblies.
    16.  
    17. Lower the vehicle and install the steering column upper pinch bolt to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
    18.  
    19. Refill power steering pump reservoir and bleed the power steering system.
    20.  

     
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