Aurora 2001-2003

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
    CAUTION
    Make sure the wheels of the vehicle are straight ahead and the steering column in the LOCK position before disconnecting the steering column or intermediate shaft from the steering gear. Failure to do so will cause the coil assembly in the steering column to become uncentered which will cause damage to the coil assembly.

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  3. Lock the steering column by installing the Steering Column Anti Rotation Pin tool J 42640 into the underside of the steering column.
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  5. Disconnect negative battery cable.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Intermediate shaft lower coupling
     
    Outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle
     
    Pressure and return pipes from the rack and pinion gear
     
    Electrical connector, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft links at lower control arms
     

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  9. Rotate the stabilizer shaft to access steering gear bolts.

    Rack and pinion attaching bolts
     
    Rack and pinion assembly
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion assembly and tighten the bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
     
    Electrical connector, if equipped
     
    Pressure and return lines to the steering gear and tighten the fittings to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm)
     
    Heat shield and bolts. Tighten the bolts to 7 ft. lbs. (10 N)
     

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  3. Align stabilizer shaft.

    Links to lower control arms
     
    Tie rod ends to the steering knuckles. Torque the castle nuts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft to the steering gear and tighten the pinch bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
     

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  5. Remove the steering column anti rotation pin from the steering column.
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  7. Fill and bleed the power steering system.

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    Fig. Lock the steering column by installing the Steering Column Anti Rotation Pin tool J 42640 into the underside of the steering column



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    Fig. Steering gear mounting bolts

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