Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Manual Steering Gear Box

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise the vehicle and support it safely on jackstands.
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  5. Remove the wheels if additional access is desired. This is, however, not necessary.
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  7. Remove the pinch bolt that holds the steering column shaft to the steering gear main shaft.
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  9. Remove the cotter pin, castle nut and remove the steering linkage from the Pitman arm. Use a screw type puller to separate the joint-refer to the procedures in this section.
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  11. Remove the steering gear box mounting nuts, then remove the gear from the vehicle. New mounting nuts will be needed upon installation.
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  13. Install the steering gear box to the frame and tighten the new mounting nuts to 25-40 ft. lbs. (35-55 Nm).
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  15. Connect the Pitman arm to the relay rod (center link) and tighten the nut to 25-33 ft. lbs. (35-45 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Manual steering gear box removal and installation



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a screw-type joint separator/puller to remove the relay rod (center link) end from the Pitman arm

  1. Connect the steering universal joint to the gearbox and tighten the pinchbolt to 11-14 ft. lbs. (15-20 Nm).
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  3. Install the wheels, if removed, and lower the vehicle to the ground.
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  5. Connect the negative battery cable. Have the front alignment inspected and adjusted as necessary.
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