Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, 1999-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Place the front wheels in the straight ahead position and lock the steering wheel in position.
    CAUTION
    Be certain to lock the steering wheel in position prior to disconnecting the steering column coupler. This will prevent clock spring damage.

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  5. Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
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  7. Remove the front splash from the vehicle.
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  9. Drain or siphon the power steering fluid.
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  11. Disconnect and cap the power steering pressure and return lines from the steering gear.
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  13. Remove the steering column coupler pinch bolt. Located just to the rear of the fluid lines.
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  15. Separate the steering shaft from the gearbox by pulling straight apart.
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  17. Remove the Pitman arm from the steering gear.
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  19. Remove the steering gear retaining bolts and remove the gear from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Position the steering gear on the frame rail and Install the steering gear retaining bolts. Torque to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  3. Install the steering column shaft coupler on the steering gear and install a new pinch bolt. Torque the bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  5. Install the Pitman arm on the steering gear. Torque the nut to 185 ft. lbs. (251 Nm).
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  7. Install the power steering pressure and return lines on the steering gear. Torque the lines to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
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  9. Install the front splash on the vehicle.
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  11. Lower the vehicle on the hoist.
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  13. Fill the power steering system to the proper level.
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  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  17. Check and correct the vehicle front end alignment specifications if necessary.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
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  3. Place the front wheels in the straight ahead position.
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  5. Drain the power steering system.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Air cleaner housing
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines
     
    Column coupler shaft bolt
     
    Left front wheel assembly
     
    Pitman arm
     
    Windshield washer reservoir
     
    Steering gear
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Steering gear. Tighten the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
     
    Pitman arm. Tighten the nut to 185 ft. lbs. (251 Nm).
     
    Windshield washer reservoir
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines. Torque the fasteners to 14 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft. Tighten the pinch bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    Air cleaner assembly
     
    Left front wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  3. Fill and bleed the power steering fluid reservoir.
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  5. Start the engine, check for leaks and repair if necessary.
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