Power steering fluid, engine parts and exhaust system may be extremely hot if engine has been running. Do not start engine with any loose or disconnected hoses. Do not allow hoses to touch hot exhaust manifold or catalyst.
Fluid level should be checked with the engine off to prevent personal injury from moving parts.
When the system is open, cap all open ends of the hoses, power steering pump fittings or power steering gear ports to prevent entry of foreign material into the components.
- Siphon out as much power steering fluid as possible from the pump.
Reposition the floor carpeting to access the intermediate shaft coupling at the base of the column.
- Position the front wheels of vehicle in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position, then turn the steering wheel to the right until the intermediate shaft coupling bolt (3) at the base of the column can be accessed.
Remove the intermediate shaft coupling bolt (3). Do not separate the intermediate shaft (2) from the steering gear pinion shaft (4) at this time.
- Return the front wheels of vehicle (and steering wheel) to the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position. Using a steering wheel holder, lock the steering wheel in place to keep it from rotating. This keeps the clockspring in the proper orientation.
- Raise and support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel mounting nuts, then the tire and wheel assembly.
On each side of the gear, remove the nut (2) from the out tie rod end (4) at the knuckle (3).
On each side of the gear, separate the tie rod end (3) from the knuckle (2) using Remover (1), Special Tool 9360.
- If equipped, remove the engine belly pan.
- Remove the rear engine mount.
- Remove the front engine mount through-bolt.
Remove the three screws (1, 2) securing the heat shield (3) to the crossmember (4).
- Remove the shield.
Remove the return hose (1) and the pressure hose (2) at the steering gear (3).
Remove the fasteners (1) securing the power steering hose routing clamps (2) to the crossmember.
Remove the screws (1) securing the stabilizer bushing retainers (3) to the crossmember.
Remove the two stabilizer bushing retainers.
NOTEBefore removing the front suspension crossmember from the vehicle, the location of the crossmember must be marked on the body of the vehicle. Do this so the crossmember can be relocated, upon reinstallation, against the body of vehicle in the same location as before removal. If the front suspension crossmember is not reinstalled in exactly the same location as before removal, the preset front wheel alignment settings (caster and camber) may be lost.
- Mark the location of the front crossmember on the body near each mounting bolt using a marker or crayon. Do not use a scratch awl or other tool that can penetrate the protective coating on the body.
- Support the front crossmember with a transmission jack.
Remove the four mounting bolts (6) securing the front crossmember (1) to the body.
Lower the crossmember enough to access the intermediate shaft coupling (1) at the steering gear pinion shaft (4). Slide the coupling off the pinion shaft.
- Remove the dash seals (3, 5) as necessary.
Remove the two bolts (1) securing the steering gear (2) to the crossmember.
- Rotate the stabilizer bar up in order to remove the steering gear from the vehicle.
- Remove the steering gear from the crossmember.
- Rotate the stabilizer bar up and install the steering gear on the crossmember.
- Install the two bolts (1) securing the steering gear to the crossmember. Tighten the steering gear mounting bolts to 70 N·m (52 ft. lbs.).
- Install the dash seals as necessary.
Center the power steering gear rack in its travel as necessary.
NOTEWhen installing the front suspension crossmember back in the vehicle, it is very important that the crossmember be attached to the body in exactly the same spot as when it was removed. Otherwise, the vehicle's wheel alignment settings (caster and camber) will be lost.
- Slowly raise the crossmember into mounted position using the transmission jack matching the crossmember to the marked locations on the body made during removal.
- Check the positioning of the seals at the dash panel and adjust as necessary.
- Install the four mounting bolts securing the front crossmember to the body. Tighten the crossmember mounting bolts to 150 N·m (111 ft. lbs.).
- Remove the transmission jack.
- Install the retainers over the stabilizer bar cushions. Install all four stabilizer bar cushion retainer screws and tighten them to 30 N·m (22 ft. lbs.).
- Install the fasteners securing the power steering hose routing clamps to the crossmember. Use a NEW push clip on the left and tighten the screw on the right to 8 N·m (71 in. lbs.).
- Install the pressure hose at the gear. Tighten the tube nut to 32 N·m (24 ft. lbs.).
- Install the return hose at the gear. Tighten the tube nut to 20 N·m (15 ft. lbs.).
- Position the heat shield and install the three screws securing the shield to the crossmember. Tighten the two front mounting screws to 4 N·m (35 in. lbs.). Tighten the rear mounting screw to 17 N·m (150 in. lbs.).
- Install the front engine mount through-bolt.
- Install the rear engine mount.
If equipped, install the engine belly pan.
NOTEPrior to attaching the outer tie rod end to the knuckle, inspect the tie rod seal boot. If the seal boot is damaged, replace the outer tie rod end.
- On each side of the gear, install the outer tie rod end into the hole in the knuckle arm. Start a NEW tie rod mounting nut onto the stud. While holding the tie rod end stud with a wrench, tighten the nut with a wrench or crowfoot wrench. Tighten the nut to 132 N·m (97 ft. lbs.).
- On each side of the vehicle, install the tire and wheel assembly. Install and tighten the wheel mounting nuts to 135 N·m (100 ft. lbs.).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Remove the steering wheel holder.
- Verify the front wheels of vehicle are in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position.
- Center the intermediate shaft over the steering gear pinion shaft, lining up the ends, then slide the intermediate shaft onto the steering gear pinion shaft.
- From center, rotate the steering wheel to the right approximately 90° or until the intermediate shaft coupling bolt can be easily installed.
- Install the intermediate shaft coupling bolt. Tighten the bolt to 42 N·m (31 ft. lbs.).
- Reposition the floor carpet in place.
- Straighten the steering wheel to STRAIGHT-AHEAD position.
- Fill and bleed the power steering system.
- Check for fluid leaks.
- Adjust front wheel toe as necessary.