Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1997-2000 Repair Guide

Rack & Pinion Steering

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Late model Dakota and Durango vehicles are equipped with rack and pinion steering.



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Fig. Rack and pinion steering gear components-Dakota, Durango



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Fig. Power steering pump (1), gear (2) and oil cooler (3)-a typical rack and pinion steering system

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. 4WD: remove the splash shield.
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  5. Remove the nuts from the tie rod ends.
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  7. Separate the tie rod ends from the knuckles with a suitable puller.
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  9. Remove the power steering lines from the gear.
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  11. Remove the lower coupler bolt and slide the coupler off the gear.
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  13. Remove the mounting bolts from the gear to front crossmember and remove the gear.
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To install:

  1. Reverse the removal procedure. Note the torque specifications for the fastening hardware.
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  3. Fill the system with fluid and perform the power steering pump initial operation procedure.
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  5. Realign the front end.
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Fig. Tighten mounting bolts to the correct specification-Dakota, Durango

Tie Rod Ends
  1. Remove the cotter pin and the castellated nut from the outer tie rod end. Discard the cotter pin.
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  3. Separate the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle using an appropriate tie rod end remover.
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  5. Mark the outer tie rod jam nut on one side with a reference line for installation.
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  7. Hold the outer tie rod end with a wrench and loosen the tie rod end jam nut.
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  9. Back the tie rod end jam