Chevrolet Citation/Omega/Phoenix/Skylark 1980-1985 Repair Guide

Manual Steering Gear

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 View of the manual steering gear (rack and pinion) assembly

  1. Remove the bolt attaching the speedometer cable retainer to the transaxle and the lower speedometer cable.
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  3. Remove the upper left housing bracket nut.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove both front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  9. Remove both tie rod end cotter pins and nuts. Discard the cotter pins. Separate the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle using a suitable puller.
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  11. Remove the AIR hose shield.
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  13. Suitably support the body.
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  15. Remove the rear cradle mount bolts, then carefully lower the rear of the cradle 3-4 in. to gain clearance.
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  17. Remove the remaining housing bracket nuts and remove the reinforcement and brackets.
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  19. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from the steering gear stub shaft.
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  21. Remove the steering gear through the left wheel well.
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To install:

  1. Install the supports, position the gear assembly in the car, then connect the steering gear stub shaft to the intermediate shaft.
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  3. Tighten the right-hand upper and lower housing bracket attaching nuts.
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  5. Raise the cradle. Install the rear cradle mount bolts and tighten them to 80 ft. lbs. (105 Nm).
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  7. Install the AIR hose shield.
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  9. Attach the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles.
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  11. Install the wheel and tire assemblies.
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  13. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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  15. Tighten the upper left-hand housing bracket nut.
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  17. Install the speedometer cable retaining clip.
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  19. Have the alignment checked and adjusted, if necessary.
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