REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Working from inside the vehicle, unfasten the five nuts securing the steering column tube boot and remove the boot.
- Remove the intermediate shaft-to-pinion shaft coupling bolt from inside the vehicle.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
- Remove the cotter pins and castellated nuts securing the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles. Separate the tie rod ends from the steering knuckles. Discard the cotter pins.
- If equipped with a manual transaxle, unfasten the gearshift lever stabilizer bar nut and disconnect the bar and support from the transaxle.
- Unfasten the nuts securing the rack and pinion (steering gear) mounting brackets to the firewall. Remove the mounting brackets.
- Remove the rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle.
- Position the rack and pinion assembly to its mounting position and install the mounting brackets and retaining nuts. Tighten the nuts to 27-38 ft. lbs. (37-52 Nm).
- If equipped with a manual transaxle, connect the gearshift lever stabilizer bar. Tighten the nut to 23-34 ft. lbs. (31-46 Nm).
- Install the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles. Install the castellated nuts and tighten to specifications. Install new cotter pins.
- Install the front wheel and tire assemblies.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Install the intermediate shaft-to-pinion shaft bolt and tighten to 13-20 ft. lbs. (18-27 Nm) for 1991-94 vehicles or 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm) for 1995-96 vehicles.
- Install the steering column tube boot and 5 retaining nuts. Tighten to 35 inch lbs. (4 Nm).
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Check the alignment and adjust the toe as required.
- Road test the vehicle and check the steering system for proper operation.