- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the -Precautions- section.
With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
WARNINGDo not allow the steering wheel to rotate while the lower shaft is disconnected or damage to the clockspring can result. If there is evidence that the lower shaft has rotated, the clockspring must be removed and re-centered.
- Hold the steering wheel in the straight-ahead position using a suitable device.
- Using a suitable suction device, drain the power steering fluid reservoir.
Remove the 2 bolts and the oil drip shield.
NOTEInstall a new lower shaft-to-steering gear bolt.
- Remove and discard the lower shaft-to-steering gear bolt.
- Disconnect the lower shaft from the steering gear.
- Remove the steering line clamp plate nut.
Rotate the steering line clamp plate and disconnect the power steering lines.
NOTENew O-rings must be installed whenever the power steering lines are disconnected.
Remove and discard the 2 O-rings.
NOTENew cotter pins must be installed.
Remove and discard the 2 cotter pins.
NOTENew tie rod end nuts must be installed.
Remove and discard the 2 tie rod end nuts.
WARNINGDo not damage the tie rod end boot when installing the special tool.
- Using the special tool, separate the 2 tie rod ends from the wheel knuckle.
- Remove the 2 steering gear-to-crossmember nuts and bolts.
- Remove the 2 bolts and remove the steering gear bracket.
- Remove the lower arm forward nut and flag bolt. Discard the nut.
- Remove and discard the 2 lower arm-to-frame nuts.
- Remove the shock absorber-to-lower arm bolt and flag nut. Discard the flag nut.
- Remove the stabilizer bar connecting link nut and disconnect the link.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
- Install 2 new O-rings. Fill the power steering system
Observe the following torque specifications:
Oil drip shield: 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).