Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, 1999-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Place the front wheels in the straight ahead position with the steering wheel centered and locked with a steering wheel lock.
  2.  
  3. Drain or siphon the power steering system.
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  5. Remove the column coupler shaft bolt and remove the shaft from the gear .
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  7. Remove the oil drip tray .
  8.  
  9. Remove the pressure line at the gear .
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  11. Remove the return line at the gear .
  12.  
  13. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  15. Remove the front tires.
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  17. Loosen the tie rod end jam nuts .
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  19. Remove the outer tie rod end nut and separate the tie rod from the knuckle using special tool #8677 .
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  21. Remove the front splash shield.
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  23. 4X4 Only - Remove the front axle.
  24.  
  25. Remove the two steering gear mounting bolts .
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  27. Move the gear to the full right position to allow clearance over the control arm then lower the gear down, then turn the gear to the full left position then to allow clearance then remove from the vehicle.
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  29. Remove the outer tie rod ends from the steering gear (if needed).
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To install:

  1. Install the outer tie rod ends. (if removed).
  2.  
  3. Position the steering gear back into the vehicle the same way it was removed.
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  5. Install the Steering gear mounting bolts Tighten to 160 ft. lbs. (217 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the front splash shield.
  8.  
  9. Install the outer tie rod ends jam nuts (loose).
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  11. Install the outer tie rod ends to the knuckle and tighten the tie rod end nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  13. Install the pressure and return hoses to the steering gear and tighten to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the oil filter drip tray.
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  17. Install the column coupler shaft into the lower coupling and install a new bolt Tighten to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  19. Install the front axle housing unit. 4x4 ONLY 1
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  21. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
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  23. Remove the support and lower the vehicle.
  24.  
  25. Remove the steering wheel lock.
  26.  
  27. Fill the power steering pump.
  28.  
  29. Set the toe.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
  2.  
  3. Place the front wheels in the straight ahead position with the steering wheel centered and locked with a steering wheel lock.
  4.  
  5. Drain or siphon the power steering system.

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    Fig. Remove the column (1) coupler shaft bolt (2) and remove the shaft from the gear (3)-2005 Grand Cherokee

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  7. Remove the column coupler shaft bolt and remove the shaft from the gear.
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  9. Remove the oil drip tray.

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    Fig. Remove the pressure line (1) and return line (2) at the gear (3) -2005 Grand Cherokee

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  11. Remove the pressure line at the gear.
  12.  
  13. Remove the return line at the gear.
  14.  
  15. Raise and support the vehicle.
  16.  
  17. Remove the front tires.

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    Fig. Tie rod end. (1) ball stud nut, (2) tie rod end, (3) jam nut, (4) tie rod, (5) ball joint-2005 Grand Cherokee

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  19. Loosen the tie rod end jam nuts.
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  21. Remove the outer tie rod end nut and separate the tie rod from the knuckle using the proper tool.
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  23. Remove the front splash shield.
  24.  
  25. With 4-wheel drive:
    1. With vehicle in neutral, position vehicle on hoist.
    2.  
    3. Remove skid plate.
    4.  
    5. Remove differential housing drain plug and drain fluid.
    6.  
    7. Mark front driveshaft and pinion flange. Remove driveshaft from pinion flange.
    8.  
    9. Remove halfshaft hub/bearing nuts.
    10.  
    11. Remove wheel speed sensors from hub/bearings.
    12.  
    13. Remove brake calipers bolts and remove calipers from caliper adapters.

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      Fig. Stabilizer link upper attaching nut (1), upper attaching bolt (2), stabilizer link (3), tie rod end (4), tie rod ball stud nut (5), lower link attaching bolt (6)-2005 Grand Cherokee

    14.  
    15. Remove stabilizer links bolts from lower control arms.
    16.  
    17. Remove upper ball joint nuts and separate ball joints from knuckles with Remover 8677, or equivalent.
    18.  
    19. Remove lower shock clevis nuts bolts from lower control arm.
    20.  
    21. Lean the knuckles out and push half shafts out of the hub/bearings.
    22.  
    23. Pry half shafts off the axles.
    24.  
    25. Remove differential vent hose.
    26.  
    27. Support axle with a lift/jack.

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      Fig. Remove bolt (1) from differential bushing (2)-2005 Grand Cherokee

    28.  
    29. Remove bolt from differential bushing.

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      Fig. Remove bolt (1) from axle tube bushing (2)-2005 Grand Cherokee

    30.  
    31. Remove bolt from axle tube bushing.

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      Fig. Remove bolts (1) from differential cover bracket (2) bushing-2005 Grand Cherokee

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    33. Remove bolts from differential cover bracket bushing.
    34.  
    35. Lower axle and from vehicle.

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      Fig. Steering gear mounting bolts (1)-2005 Grand Cherokee

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  26.  
  27. Remove the two steering gear mounting bolts.

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    Fig. Move the gear (1) to the full right position to allow clearance over the control arm-2005 Grand Cherokee

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  29. Move the gear to the full right position to allow clearance over the control arm then lower the gear down, then turn the gear to the full left position then to allow clearance then remove from the vehicle.
  30.  
  31. Remove the outer tie rod ends from the steering gear (if needed).
  32.  

To install:

  1. Install the outer tie rod ends.
  2.  
  3. Position the steering gear back into the vehicle the same way it was removed.
  4.  
  5. Install the steering gear mounting bolts. Tighten to 160 ft. lbs. (217 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the front splash shield.
  8.  
  9. Install the outer tie rod ends jam nuts loosely.
  10.  
  11. Install the outer tie rod ends to the knuckle and tighten the tie rod end nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the pressure and return hoses to the steering gear and tighten to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the oil filter drip tray.
  16.  
  17. Install the column coupler shaft into the lower coupling and install a new bolt. Tighten to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
  18.  
  19. With 4-wheel drive:
    1. Raise axle to vehicle.
    2.  
    3. Install differential cover axle bracket bushing bolts and tighten bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
    4.  
    5. Install axle tube bushing bolt and nut. Tighten nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Install differential bushing bolt and nut. Tighten nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Install differential vent hose.
    10.  
    11. Install half shaft into axle and knuckles. Verify axles are engaged in the axle.
    12.  
    13. Install clevis bolt and nut on lower control arms and tighten to specification.
    14.  
    15. Install upper control arms on knuckles and tighten ball joint nuts to specifications.
    16.  
    17. Install tie rod ends and nuts on knuckles and tighten to specifications.
    18.  
    19. Install stabilizer bar links and bolts on lower control arms and tighten to specifications.
    20.  
    21. Install brake calipers on knuckles.
    22.  
    23. Install wheel speed sensor on hub/bearing.
    24.  
    25. Install halfshaft hub nuts and tighten to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
    26.  
    27. Install drive shaft on pinion flange with reference marks aligned.
    28.  
    29. Install drain plug and tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
    30.  
    31. Fill differential housing and install fill plug. Tighten plug to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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    33. Install skid plate.
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  21. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  22.  
  23. Remove the support and lower the vehicle.
  24.  
  25. Remove the steering wheel lock.
  26.  
  27. Fill the power steering pump.
  28.  
  29. Set the toe.
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