Caravan, Town & Country 2006-2007

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Lock the steering wheel to the straight ahead position.
  4.  
  5. Drain the power steering fluid from the reservoir.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The bolts retaining the cradle crossmember are different sizes, makes sure to note the locations of the bolts and their sizes prior to removal.



    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheels
     
    Steering column shaft coupler
     
    Front emissions vapor canister, if equipped
     
    Single hose at the power steering cooler and let the fluid drain into a suitable container
     
    Power steering cooler-to-cradle bolts, if equipped
     
    Leak detection pump-to-cradle crossmember bolts, if equipped
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     



    Lower control arm rear bushing bolts
     
    Crossmember reinforcement
     
    Power transfer unit, if equipped with AWD
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines
     
    Steering gear mounting fasteners
     
    Intermediate shaft coupler
     
    Power steering gear
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Power steering gear
     
    Intermediate shaft coupler. Start the roll pin into the coupler before installing the coupler, start the roll pin and then user a hammer to tap it into the coupler. Install the coupler on the shaft of the gear. Install removal/installer tool 6831A through the center of the roll pin, using the knurled nut to secure it. Hold the threaded rod stationary while turning the nut to pull the pin into the coupler.

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    Fig. Installing the intermediate shaft coupler to the gear

     
    Steering gear mounting fasteners. Torque the 14mm fasteners to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm) and the 12mm fastener to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines. Torque the line to 25 ft. lbs. (31 Nm).
     
    Power transfer unit, if equipped with AWD
     
    Crossmember reinforcement. Tighten the M14 bolts to 113 ft. lbs. (153 Nm) and the M12 bolts to 78 ft. lbs. (106 Nm).
     
    Lower control arm rear bushing bolts. Torque the bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends to the steering knuckle. Torque the nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
     
    Leak detection pump-to-cradle crossmember bolts, if equipped
     
    Power steering cooler-to-cradle bolts, if equipped
     
    Single hose at the power steering cooler and fasten the clamp
     
    Front emissions vapor canister, if equipped
     
    Front wheels
     
    Steering column shaft coupler. Tighten the pinch bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  
  3. Fill and bleed the power steering reservoir
  4.  
  5. Inspect the power steering system for leaks and repair if necessary.
  6.  
  7. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Cradle crossmember reinforcement mounting

  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Lock the steering wheel to the straight ahead position.
  4.  
  5. Drain the power steering fluid from the reservoir.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The bolts retaining the cradle crossmember are different sizes, makes sure to note the locations of the bolts and their sizes prior to removal.



    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheels
     
    Steering column shaft coupler
     
    Front emissions vapor canister, if equipped
     
    Single hose at the power steering cooler and let the fluid drain into a suitable container
     
    Power steering cooler-to-cradle bolts, if equipped
     
    Leak detection pump-to-cradle crossmember bolts, if equipped
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     



    Lower control arm rear bushing bolts
     
    Crossmember reinforcement
     
    Power transfer unit, if equipped with AWD
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines
     
    Steering gear mounting fasteners
     
    Intermediate shaft coupler
     
    Power steering gear
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Power steering gear
     
    Intermediate shaft coupler. Start the roll pin into the coupler before installing the coupler, start the roll pin and then user a hammer to tap it into the coupler. Install the coupler on the shaft of the gear. Install removal/installer tool 6831A through the center of the roll pin, using the knurled nut to secure it. Hold the threaded rod stationary while turning the nut to pull the pin into the coupler.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Installing the intermediate shaft coupler to the gear

     
    Steering gear mounting fasteners. Torque the 14mm fasteners to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm) and the 12mm fastener to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines. Torque the line to 25 ft. lbs. (31 Nm).
     
    Power transfer unit, if equipped with AWD
     
    Crossmember reinforcement. Tighten the M14 bolts to 113 ft. lbs. (153 Nm) and the M12 bolts to 78 ft. lbs. (106 Nm).
     
    Lower control arm rear bushing bolts. Torque the bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends to the steering knuckle. Torque the nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
     
    Leak detection pump-to-cradle crossmember bolts, if equipped
     
    Power steering cooler-to-cradle bolts, if equipped
     
    Single hose at the power steering cooler and fasten the clamp
     
    Front emissions vapor canister, if equipped
     
    Front wheels
     
    Steering column shaft coupler. Tighten the pinch bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  
  3. Fill and bleed the power steering reservoir
  4.  
  5. Inspect the power steering system for leaks and repair if necessary.
  6.  
  7. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Cradle crossmember reinforcement mounting

  8.  

 
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