Lexus ES300 1992-1994
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Place the front wheels in a straight ahead position, secure the steering wheel with a suitable device to prevent the wheel from turning.
Place matchmarks in the universal joint/sliding yoke and control valve shaft. Disconnect the universal joint/sliding yoke.
- Disconnect and plug the hydraulic lines to rack assembly.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Disconnect and remove the stabilizer bar brackets.
- Disconnect the solenoid connector, as applicable.
- Disconnect the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle with the proper tool.
Remove the mounting brackets and slide the gear housing out through the right side of the vehicle.
- Center the rack and pinion.
- Connect the hydraulic tubes to the rack assembly and tighten to 38 ft. lbs. (51 Nm). Insert the rack assembly into position.
- Replace the mounting brackets and torque the mounting bolts to 134 ft. lbs. (182 Nm).
- Connect the solenoid connector.
- Connect the tie rod ends to the steering knuckle. Tighten to 36 ft. lbs. 49Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Connect the hydraulic lines to the rack assembly.
- Align the matchmarks on the universal joint/sliding yoke and control valve shaft and connect. Tighten the connecting bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
- Check the steering wheel center point and the toe setting.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Refill the power steering reservoir.
Lexus ES300 1995-1999
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least 3 minutes before working on the vehicle to disarm the air bag.
- Secure the steering wheel in a straight forward position.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Remove the front wheels.
- Remove the left and right front fender apron seals by removing the two bolts.
- Remove the cotter pin and nut holding the steering knuckle to the tie rod end. Using a tie rod puller, disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
- Place matchmarks on the intermediate shaft and the control valve shaft.
- Loosen the upper bolt and remove the lower bolt holding the control valve shaft to the intermediate shaft. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from steering rack housing.
- Remove the nut to the tube clamp. Remove the clamp from the vehicle.
- Disconnect the return line and the pressure line from the control valve housing.
- Remove the stabilizer bar bolts and two nuts. Position the stabilizer bar out of the way. Do not remove the stabilizer bar from the vehicle.
- Remove the 2 bolts and nut, and the No. 1 fuel line protector, as applicable.
Remove the two steering gear mounting bolts and nuts. Remove the steering gear through the left side of the vehicle.
- Install the steering gear on the vehicle and install the 2 mounting bolts and nuts. Tighten the nuts and bolts to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm).
- Install the No. 1 fuel line protector, if removed.
Install the stabilizer bar bolts and nuts and torque as follows:
Bolts: 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm)
- Connect the pressure and return lines.
- Connect the tube clamp and torque the nut to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
- Install the intermediate shaft to the steering rack and torque the retaining bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
- Connect the tie rods to the steering knuckles with the castellated nuts. Torque the nut to 36 ft. lbs. and install a new cotter pin. The prongs of the cotter pin should be firmly wrapped around the flats of the nut.
- Install the front fender apron seals by installing the two bolts.
- Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
- Fill the power steering reservoir tank to the proper level with power steering fluid.
- Connect the negative battery cable to the battery.
- Release the steering wheel.
- Bleed the system.
- Check for leaks, adjust the toe-in and check the steering wheel center point.