GM Celebrity/Century/Ciera/6000 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Manual Rack and Pinion

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Raise the intermediate shaft seal and remove intermediate shaft-to-stub shaft pinch bolt.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle on jackstands, then remove both front wheel and tire assemblies.
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  5. Remove the cotter pins and nuts from both tie rod ends. Using tool J-6627 or BT-7101, press the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle.
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  7. If equipped with an Air Management pipe, remove the bracket bolt from the crossmember.
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  9. Remove the 2 rear cradle mounting bolts and lower the rear of the cradle about 4-5 in. (102-127mm).
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WARNING
If the rear of the cradle is lowered too far, the engine components nearest the cowl may be damaged.

  1. If equipped, remove the rack and pinion heat shield.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the manual rack and pinion

  1. Remove the rack and pinion mounting bolts, then the gear assembly through the left wheel opening.
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To install:
  1. Install the gear assembly through the left wheel opening and install the mounting bolts.
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  3. Install the heat shield.
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  5. Raise the rear of the cradle and install the mounting bolts.
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  7. Install the bracket bolt to the crossmember under the air management pipe.
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  9. Install the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles, install the retaining nuts and insert new cotter pins.
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  11. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
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  13. Install the intermediate shaft seal and the intermediate shaft-to-stub shaft pinch bolt.
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  15. Check and adjust the toe-in as necessary.
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