Bonneville, LeSabre, Park Avenue 2000-2005

Removal & Installation

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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.

  1. 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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  3. Disconnect negative battery cable.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    CAUTION
    Failure to disconnect the intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion stub shaft can result in damage to the steering gear and/or intermediate shaft. This damage can cause loss of steering control which could result in personal injury.



    Front wheels
     
    Power steering gear heat shield
     



    Intermediate shaft lower pinch bolt
     
    Intermediate shaft from the power steering gear
     
    Outer tie rod retaining nuts
     
    Outer tie rod from the steering knuckles
     
    Variable effort steering electrical connector from the power steering gear, if equipped
     
    Power steering gear pressure and return hoses from the gear
     
    Left stabilizer shaft insulator
     
    Power steering gear mounting bolts (lift from the mounting holes)
     
    Power steering gear through the left wheel opening
     

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  7. Transfer the outer tie rods if replacing the power steering gear.
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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Power steering gear through the left wheel opening
     
    Power steering gear mounting bolts and tighten to 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm) for 2002-03; 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm) for 2004-05.
     
    Left stabilizer shaft insulator
     
    Power steering gear pressure and return hoses to the gear and tighten to 20-22 ft. lbs. (27-30 Nm)
     
    Variable effort steering electrical connector, if equipped
     
    Outer tie rod end to the steering knuckles and tighten the nuts to 52-55 ft. lbs. (70-75 Nm) for 2002-04; 22 ft. lbs. plus 180 degrees for 2005.
     
    Intermediate shaft to the power steering gear
     
    Intermediate shaft lower pinch bolt and tighten to 33-35 ft. lbs. (45-47 Nm)
     
    Power steering gear heat shield
     
    Wheels
     

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  3. Remove tool J-42640 from the steering column.
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  5. Bleed the power steering system.
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  7. Inspect the power steering system for leaks.
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  9. Adjust the front toe.
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