GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Power Steering Gear

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-86 Vehicles

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the drivers side wheel and tire assembly.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the power steering fluid lines from the gear, then plug the lines to prevent excessive leaking and system contamination.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the outer tie rod ends from both sides, as outlined in this section.
  8.  
  9. Remove the upper and lower mounting bolts from the passenger side of the vehicle.
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  11. Remove the drivers side mounting bolts.
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  13. Remove the intermediate shaft lower universal joint from the rack and pinion assembly.
  14.  
  15. Remove the stabilizer bar.
  16.  
  17. Remove the electrical fan assembly.
  18.  
  19. Remvoe the rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Power rack and pinion steering gear mounting-1984-86 vehicles

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. Properly fill and bleed the power steering system.
  4.  
  5. Have the front end alignment checked and adjusted, if necessary.
  6.  

1987-96 Vehicles

See Figures 2 and 3

  1. Position a suitable drain pan under the vehicle to catch power steering fluid.
  2.  
  3. For 1993-96 vehicles equipped with a VIN P or 5 engine, perform the following:
    1. Remove the air intake duct.
    2.  
    3. Remove the serpentine drive belt.
    4.  
    5. Remove the drive belt idler pulley.
    6.  

  4.  
  5. If equipped, unfasten the clamp, then disconnect the outlet hose from the return pipe.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the inlet hose from the steering gear. Plug the fluid lines to prevent excessive leakage and system contamination.
  8.  
  9. Remove the lower coupling shield.
  10.  
  11. Remove the intermediate shaft pinch bolt from the steering gear.
  12.  
  13. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  14.  
  15. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
  16.  
  17. Separate both tie rod ends from the knuckles using a suitable puller.
  18.  
  19. For 1993-96 vehicles, remove the power steering cooler assembly.
  20.  
  21. Remove the stabilizer shaft, as outlined earlier in this section.
  22.  
  23. Unfasten the rack mounting through bolt and nut.
  24.  
  25. Remove the rack saddle (clamp) mounting bolts and nuts.
  26.  
  27. Remove the power rack and pinion assembly.
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  29. If necessary, remove the outer tie rods and rack and pinion boots from the steering gear.
  30.  
  31. If necessary, remove the return pipe and brackets from the housing.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Power rack and pinion steering gear-1987-89 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 3: Power steering gear mounting-1996 vehicle shown

To install:
  1. Install the return pipe and brackets to the housing.
  2.  
  3. Install the power rack and pinion assembly.
  4.  
  5. Fasten the intermediate shaft pinch bolt at the gear assembly and tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the rack saddle (clamp) mounting nuts and bolts and tighten the nuts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the rack mounting through bolt and nut, then tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the stabilizer shaft, as outlined in this section.
  12.  
  13. For 1993-96 vehicles, install the power steering cooler assembly.
  14.  
  15. Connect both tie rod ends to the knuckle, then tighten the slotted nuts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the tire and wheel assemblies, then carefully lower the vehicle.
  18.  
  19. Connect the outlet hose and clamp, if equipped, to the return pipe. Tighten the clamp to 22 inch lbs. (2.5 Nm) or the fitting to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Attach the inlet hose assembly to the steering gear. Tighten the inlet pipe fitting to 20 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Install the intermediate shaft pinch bolt to the gear and tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Properly fill and bleed the power steering system.
  26.  
  27. Have the front end alignment checked and adjusted, if necessary.
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