Acura_MDX_2001-2006

Removal & Installation

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WARNING
Do not permit the steering wheel to turn whenever the steering gear is disconnected from the steering column. Damage to the air bag wiring can result.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Center the steering wheel and lock it in position.
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  5. Attach a support fixture to the engine lifting eyes.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Air bag and steering wheel
     
    Steering joint cover
     
    Steering flexible joint
     
    Power steering fluid lines
     
    10mm bolt on the engine side mount bracket
     
    Front wheels
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Sub-frame stiffener
     
    Heated Oxygen (HO 2 S) sensor connectors
     
    3 way catalytic converter from the mufflers
     
    Flange bolts from the exhaust rubber mount
     
    Power steering pressure switch connector
     
    Propeller shaft protector
     
    Splash shield
     

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  9. Support the front subframe with a jack and support the transmission with a second jack.
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  11. Loosen the 14mm subframe bolts.
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  13. Lower the subframe about 1 3 / 16 inches (30mm).
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  15. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Two 12mm and two 14 stiffener plate bolts
     

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  17. Support the transfer case by raising the transmission jack and remove the two 12mm bolts.

    Two 14mm bolts and the rear stiffener plats from the sub-frame
     

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  19. Lower the transmission jack until the front subframe has dropped about 1 15 / 16 inch (50mm).

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    Fig. Loosen the 14mm subframe bolts and lower the subframe about 1 3/16 inches (30mm)



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    Fig. Remove the four 12mm stiffener plate bolts



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    Fig. Remove the two 12mm bolts (A), then the 14mm bolts (B) and the rear stiffener plates (C) from the sub-frame



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    Fig. Lower the transmission jack until the front subframe has dropped about 1 15/16 inch (50mm)



    Power steering line brackets
     
    Feed line
     
    Return hose
     
    Two 10mm bolts from the right side gearbox
     
    Mounting bracket and cushion
     
    Two 10mm bolts from the left side gearbox
     

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  21. Lower the transmission jack until the front subframe has dropped about 3 15 / 16 inch (100mm).

    Gearbox stiffener bracket
     

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  23. Slide the gearbox between the body and front sub-frame towards the left and from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Remove the two 10mm bolts from the right side gearbox and the mounting bracket and cushion

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To install:

  1. Position the steering gear in the vehicle.
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  3. Install or connect the following:

    Left steering gear mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
     
    Right steering gear mounting bracket. Tighten the bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Return hose
     
    Feed line
     
    Power steering line mounting brackets and tighten the bolts to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm)
     

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  5. Raise the subframe into position. Tighten the 14mm bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm) and the 12mm bolts to 86 ft. lbs. (117 Nm).
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  7. Install or connect the following:

    Front stiffener plates. Tighten the 14mm bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm) and the 12mm bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
     
    Splash shield
     
    Propeller shaft protector
     
    Power steering pressure switch
     
    3 way catalytic converter and mufflers. Tighten the nuts to 25 ft. lbs. (33 Nm)
     
    Rubber exhaust mount and tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
     
    HO 2 S sensor connectors
     
    Sub-frame stiffener plate
     
    10mm flange bolts on the engine side mount bracket to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm)
     
    Power steering hoses
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Front wheels. Position the wheels straight-ahead.
     
    Steering flexible joint. Tighten the pinch bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
     
    Steering joint cover
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  9. Fill the power steering system.
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  11. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
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