Equinox 2005-2007, Torrent 2006-07

Removal & Installation

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  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the front wheels.
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  5. Remove both outer tie rod to steering knuckle nuts. Discard the nuts.
    WARNING
    Do not free the ball stud by using a pickle fork or a wedge-type tool. Damage to the seal or bushing may result.


    NOTE
    Hold the ball stud to prevent turning during removal of the nut.



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    Fig. Separate the tie rods from the steering knuckles

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  7. Separate the tie rods from the steering knuckles.
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  9. Rotate the intermediate steering shaft in order to gain access to the intermediate shaft pinch bolt.

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    Fig. Remove the intermediate to steering gear pinch bolt

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  11. Remove the intermediate to steering gear pinch bolt. Discard the bolt.
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  13. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from the steering gear.
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  15. Disconnect the stabilizer links from the stabilizer bar.
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  17. Remove the steering gear to cradle mounting bolts.

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    Fig. Steering gear mounting bolts

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  19. Remove the steering gear through the right side of the vehicle.
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  21. With heat shield equipped steering gears, remove the heat shield. Save for installation.
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To install:

  1. If applicable, install the heat shield.
    NOTE
    Ensure the stabilizer is swung in the uppermost position for gear clearance.

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  3. Install the steering gear from the right side of the vehicle.
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  5. Center the gear mounting bushings into the cradle supports.
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  7. Hand start both steering gear to cradle mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
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  9. Connect the intermediate shaft to the steering gear and install a new pinch bolt. Tighten the intermediate pinch bolt to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
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  11. Connect the stabilizer links to the stabilizer bar.
    NOTE
    Hold the ball stud to prevent turning during installation of the nut.

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  13. Connect the tie rod to the knuckle and install a new nut. Tighten the nut to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  15. Install the front wheels.
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  17. Check the front wheel alignment and align as necessary.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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