Cobalt 2006-2008, G5 2007

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Turn the steering wheel to the straight ahead position and remove the key from the ignition.
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  5. Turn the wheel counterclockwise in order to lock the steering column in place.
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  7. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  9. Remove the front wheels.
    WARNING
    Do not rotate the intermediate shaft once separated from the gear. Possible damage or a malfunction could occur.



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    Fig. Steering shaft pinch bolt



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    Fig. Steering gear mounting

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  11. Remove the steering gear to intermediate shaft pinch bolt and discard.
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  13. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from the steering gear.
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  15. Remove both steering gear outer tie rod to knuckle nuts and discard the nuts.
    WARNING
    Do not attempt to separate the joint using a wedge type tool.

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  17. Separate the outer tie rods from the steering knuckles.
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  19. Remove the steering gear bolts.
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  21. Remove the rear transaxle mount.
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  23. Carefully remove the steering gear from the frame and the vehicle through the LH wheel opening.
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To install:

  1. Install the steering gear to the frame through the LH wheel opening.
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  3. Install the steering gear bolts. Tighten the bolts to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
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  5. Install the rear transaxle mount. Tighten the rear transaxle mount to frame bolts. Tighten the bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  7. Tighten the rear transaxle mount thru bolt. Tighten the thru bolt to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
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  9. Connect the intermediate shaft to the steering gear.
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  11. Install a new intermediate shaft pinch bolt. Tighten the bolts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
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  13. Install the outer tie rods to the steering knuckles.
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  15. Install new outer tie rod nuts. Tighten the bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  17. Install the front wheels.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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  21. Adjust the toe if necessary.
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