Dakota 2006-2007

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Siphon out as much power steering fluid as possible from the pump.
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  5. Lock the steering wheel.
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  7. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  9. Remove the front tires.
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  11. Remove the nuts from the tie rod ends.
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  13. Separate tie rod ends from the knuckles.
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  15. Remove the steering gear pinch bolt.
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  17. Remove the lower steering coupling from the steering gear.
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  19. Turn the steering gear to the full right position.
    NOTE
    Protect the end of hoses to prevent contamination to the system and damage to the O-rings.

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  21. Remove the power steering lines from the gear.
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  23. Remove the steering gear mounting bolts and nuts.
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  25. Tip the gear forward to allow clearance and move to the right then tip the gear downward on the left side to remove from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Power steering gear assembly

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To install:


NOTE
Before installing gear inspect bushings and replace if worn or damaged.

  1. Install gear to the vehicle and tighten mounting nuts and bolts to 190 ft. lbs. (258 Nm).
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  3. Install power steering lines to steering gear and tighten the pressure hose to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm) and tighten the return hose to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
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  5. Slide the shaft coupler onto gear. Install new bolt and tighten to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  7. Clean tie rod end studs and knuckle tapers.
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  9. Install tie rod ends into the steering knuckles and tighten the nuts to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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  11. Install the front tires.
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  13. Remove the support and lower the vehicle.
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  15. Unlock the steering wheel.
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  17. Fill system with fluid.
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  19. Adjust the toe position.
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