REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN position so that the front wheels can be turned while working on the power rack and pinion.
- Loosen all of the wheel lug nuts 1 / 2 turn to break them free.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely using jackstands. Position a drain pan to catch the fluid from the power steering lines.
- Remove the one bolt retaining the steering column shaft flexible coupling to the input shaft.
- Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies. Remove the cotter pins and nuts from the tie rod ends, then separate the tie rod studs from the spindles.
- Remove the two nuts, insulator washers and bolts retaining the steering rack to the crossmember. Remove the front rubber insulators.
- Position the rack to allow access to the hydraulic lines and disconnect the lines.
- Remove the steering rack from the vehicle.
- Install new plastic seals on the hydraulic line fittings.
- Install the rack on the mounting studs, and connect the hydraulic lines to the rack and pinion. Tighten the fittings to the figures given in the torque specifications chart.
The hoses are designed to swivel when properly tightened. Do not attempt to eliminate looseness by overtightening the fittings.
- Install the front rubber insulators. Make sure all rubber insulators are pushed completely inside the gear housing before installing the mounting bolts.
- Insert the input shaft into the steering column shaft flexible coupling. Install the mounting bolts, insulator washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts to the figures given in the torque specifications chart. Install and tighten the flexible coupling bolt to the specified values.
- Connect the tie rod ends to the spindle arms and install the retaining nuts. Tighten the nut to the specified value, and continue tightening the nut to align the next castellation of the nut with the cotter pin hole in the stud. Install a new cotter pin.
- Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
- Turn the ignition switch OFF and connect the negative battery cable.
- Fill the power steering system with the proper type and quantity of fluid.
- If the tie rod ends were loosened, have the front end alignment checked by a qualified automotive suspension technician.