Crossfire 2006-2008

Removal & Installation

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NOTE
The steering wheel must not be turned when the steering gear is removed, otherwise the clock spring contact will be damaged.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove ignition key and allow the steering wheel to lock.
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  5. Draw off fluid from the power steering reservoir.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Drag link and tie rod using special tool 9168 or suitable equivalent
     
    Left front cross brace
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines
     
    Pinch bolt from the steering coupling
     
    Steering shaft
     

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  9. Disconnect engine ground strap from frame member.
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  11. Remove lower engine mounting bolts on both sides.
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  13. Place a jack under the left side of the engine and raise the engine about 2 inches.
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  15. Remove 3 bolts and remove the steering gear.

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    Fig. Exploded view of power steering gear

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To install:


CAUTION
The steering gear mounting bolts are torque to yield bolts and must be replaced when servicing the steering gear assembly.

  1. Align the marks on the steering shaft with the housing cover to ensure gear is in the center position.
    NOTE
    Do not use force otherwise the lower steering shaft (collapsible tubing) will be damaged. Be sure that the connection is assembled properly.

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  3. Install or connect the following:

    Gear coupling onto the steering shaft
     
    Steering gear. Tighten the bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
     
    Engine ground strap
     
    Engine mount bolts. Tighten the bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft. Tighten the pinch bolt to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
     
    Power steering pressure line and tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm)
     
    Power steering return line and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
     
    Drag link/tie rod. Tighten the nut to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
     
    Left cross brace
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  5. Fill the power steering fluid reservoir.
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  7. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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