300M, Concorde, Intrepid, LHS, 1998-2004

Removal & Installation


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Turn the front wheels to the straight-ahead position.
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Wiper arms
    Wiper module cover and cowl cover
    Reinforcement from the strut towers and wiper module
    Throttle body-s intake air duct and resonator

  7. Clamp the steering wheel in the center position with some type of holding device.

    Intermediate shaft from the steering column coupler
    Both tie rods from the steering gear and place them on the transaxle bell housing
    Siphon the power steering fluid from the reservoir
    Power steering gear fluid lines

  9. If equipped with speed proportional steering, disconnect the wiring from the solenoid control valve on the end of the steering gear under the master cylinder.
    It may be helpful to loosen the 2 bolts attaching the right mounting bracket to the steering gear in order the clear the air conditioning lines.

    Master cylinder from the booster and position it to the side without disconnecting the fluid lines
    Booster vacuum line

    4 steering gear mounting bolts (2 on each side)

  11. Move the steering gear and intermediate shaft into the engine compartment to gain access to the roll pin.
    Special tools are commercially available for removing roll pins.

    If equipped with a 2.7L engine, turn the left front tire towards the left as far as possible to provide clearance.

    Roll pin and separate the intermediate shaft from the steering gear
    Right front wheel
    Tie rod end from the steering arm on the right strut

  13. Slide the right end of the steering gear out through the tie rod hole while raising the left end of the steering gear upward.

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    Fig. The steering gear is removed or installed through the right side of the vehicle


To install:

  1. Position the tie rod attaching points at the center of the steering gear travel.
  3. Install or connect the following:
    If equipped with a 2.7L engine, turn the left front tire straight-ahead.

    Be sure the spacer block in the rack is centered before connecting the tie rods to the steering gear.

    Steering gear

    Right tie rod on the steering arm and torque the nut to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm)
    Right front wheel. Torque the lug nuts in sequence to half of the specified torque, then tighten the nuts in sequence again to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
    Intermediate shaft to the steering gear using the roll pin. Be sure the pin is centered in the joint.
    4 steering gear mounting bolts and torque the bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm)
    Bracket bolts; tighten them (if loosened) to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm)
    Steering gear fluid lines; torque the nuts to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
    Solenoid valve, if equipped with speed proportional steering

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    Fig. Center the spacer block in the steering gear before installing the tie rods


    Tie rods to the steering gear with the washers between the rods and the steering gear. Torque the bolts to 60 ft. lbs. (82 Nm).

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    Fig. Be sure to position the washers between the tie rods and the steering gear as shown

    Remaining components in the reverse order of the removal steps
    Negative battery cable

  5. Add Mopar® power steering fluid to the reservoir and let it settle for at least 2 minutes. Start the engine for a few seconds and turn it OFF . Add fluid as necessary. Repeat this procedure until the fluid level remains constant.
  7. Raise the front wheels off the floor and start the engine. Turn the steering from lock-to-lock several times. Do not hold the wheel in the locked position for more than 2 seconds at a time. Refill the reservoir as needed.
  9. Lower the vehicle and repeat the procedure. If the fluid is extremely foamy, allow the vehicle to stand with the engine OFF for a few minutes, then repeat the procedure.