Escalade, Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Denali, DenaliXL, YukonXL 1999-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel assemblies
     
    Engine shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Power steering high and low pressure lines
     
    Coupler clamp bolt from the intermediate shaft
     
    Outer tie rod ends from steering knuckle
     
    Intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting nuts, washers and bolts
     
    Rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Rack and pinion steering gear-Silverado

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion assembly into the vehicle
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting bolts, washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 136 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft to the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Coupler clamp bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
     
    Low pressure hose
     
    High pressure hose. Tighten the hoses to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Engine protection shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Wheels
     

  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  6.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel assemblies

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Rack and pinion gear-2000-01 models

     
    Engine shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Power steering high pressure line from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Power steering low pressure line from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Coupler clamp bolt from the intermediate shaft
     
    Intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting nuts, the washers and the bolts
     
    Rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion assembly into the vehicle
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting bolts, the washers and the nuts. Tighten the nuts to 136 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft to the rack and pinion assembly. Install the coupler clamp bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the coupler clamp bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
     
    Power steering low pressure hose to the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Power steering high pressure hose to the rack and pinion assembly. Tighten the hoses to 28 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
     
    Engine protection shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Wheels
     

  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  6.  

  1. Raise the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the shield.
  4.  
  5. Place a drain pan below the steering gear.
  6.  
  7. Remove the power steering hoses from the steering gear.
  8.  
  9. Cap the ends of the hoses and the power steering gear in order to prevent any entrance of dirt.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from the steering gear.
  12.  
  13. Remove the pitman arm to relay rod nut.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the pitman arm from the relay rod.
  16.  
  17. Remove the bolts retaining the steering gear to the frame.
  18.  
  19. Remove the steering gear from the vehicle.
  20.  
  21. Remove the pitman arm-to-power steering gear retaining nut.
  22.  
  23. Remove the pitman arm from the power steering gear.
  24.  

To install:

  1. Install the pitman arm to the power steering gear.
  2.  
  3. Install the pitman arm to power steering gear retaining nut and washer and tighten to 184 ft. lbs. (250 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the steering gear to the frame and install the retaining bolts and tighten to 110 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the pitman arm to the relay rod.
  8.  
  9. Install the pitman arm to the relay rod nut and tighten to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the intermediate shaft to the steering gear and tighten the upper and pinch bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
  12.  
  13. Remove the caps or plugs from the steering gear and hoses.
  14.  
  15. Install the hoses to the steering gear and tighten the fittings to 20 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the engine protection shield, if equipped.
  18.  
  19. Remove the safety stands.
  20.  
  21. Lower the vehicle.
  22.  
  23. Bleed the power steering system.
  24.  

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel assemblies
     
    Engine shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Power steering high and low pressure lines
     
    Coupler clamp bolt from the intermediate shaft
     
    Outer tie rod ends from steering knuckle
     
    Intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting nuts, washers and bolts
     
    Rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Rack and pinion steering gear

     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion assembly into the vehicle
     
    Rack and pinion assembly mounting bolts, washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 136 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft to the rack and pinion assembly
     
    Coupler clamp bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
     
    Low pressure hose
     
    High pressure hose. Tighten the hoses to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Engine protection shield, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer shaft
     
    Wheels
     

  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  6.  

 
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