Avalanche, Sierra, Silverado, C&K Series, 1999-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel assemblies
     
    Engine shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Power steering high and low pressure lines
     
    Coupler clamp bolt from the intermediate shaft
     
    Outer tie rod ends from steering knuckle
     
    Intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting nuts, washers and bolts
     
    Rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Rack and pinion steering gear-Silverado

     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion assembly into the vehicle
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting bolts, washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 136 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft to the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Coupler clamp bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
     
    Low pressure hose
     
    High pressure hose. Tighten the hoses to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Engine protection shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Wheels
     

  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  6.  

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel assemblies

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Rack and pinion gear-Silverado

     
    Engine shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Power steering high pressure line from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Power steering low pressure line from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Coupler clamp bolt from the intermediate shaft
     
    Intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting nuts, the washers and the bolts
     

  2.  
  3. Remove the rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle.
  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion assembly into the vehicle
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting bolts, the washers and the nuts. Tighten the nuts to 185 Nm (136 ft. lbs.).
     
    Intermediate shaft to the rack and pinion assembly. Install the coupler clamp bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the coupler clamp bolt to 45 Nm (33 ft. lbs.).
     
    Power steering low pressure hose to the rack and pinion assembly.
     
    Power steering high pressure hose to the rack and pinion assembly. Tighten the hoses to 27 Nm (28 ft. lbs.).
     
    Engine protection shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Wheels
     

  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  6.  

2005-06 & 2007 Classic Models



  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel assemblies
     
    Engine shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Power steering high and low pressure lines
     
    Coupler clamp bolt from the intermediate shaft
     
    Outer tie rod ends from steering knuckle
     
    Intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting nuts, washers and bolts
     
    Rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Rack and pinion steering gear

     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion assembly into the vehicle
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting bolts, washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 136 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft to the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Coupler clamp bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
     
    Low pressure hose
     
    High pressure hose. Tighten the hoses to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Engine protection shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Wheels
     

  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  6.  

 
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