H3 2006

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
With wheels of the vehicle facing straight ahead, secure the steering wheel utilizing steering column anti-rotation pin, steering column lock, or a strap to prevent rotation. Locking of the steering column will prevent damage and a possible malfunction of the SIR system. The steering wheel must be secured in position before disconnecting the following components:



The steering column
 
The intermediate shaft(s)
 
The steering gear
 

After disconnecting these components, do not rotate the steering wheel or move the front tires and wheels. Failure to follow this procedure may cause the SIR coil assembly to become un-centered and cause possible damage to the SIR coil. If you think the SIR coil has became un-centered, refer to your specific SIR coil centering procedure to re-center SIR Coil.

  1. Ensure the front wheels are in the straight ahead position.
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  3. Use the J 42640 in order to lock the steering column.

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    Fig. Use the J 42640 in order to lock the steering column

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  5. Remove the engine shield, if equipped.
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  7. Disconnect the rack and pinion outer tie rod ends from the steering knuckles.
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  9. Remove as much power steering fluid from the reservoir as possible.
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  11. Place drain pans under the vehicle.
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  13. Disconnect the power steering gear inlet and outlet hose from the steering gear.

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    Fig. Disconnect the power steering gear inlet and outlet hose from the steering gear-3.5L & 3.7L engines



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    Fig. Disconnect the power steering gear inlet and outlet hose (3) from the steering gear; bolts (1, 2)-5.3L engine

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  15. Disconnect the lower intermediate steering shaft from the steering gear.

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    Fig. Disconnect the lower intermediate steering shaft from the steering gear

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  17. Remove the vertical steering gear nut, washer, and bolt.

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    Fig. Remove the vertical steering gear nut, washer, and bolt

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  19. Remove the horizontal steering gear nut, washer, and bolt.

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    Fig. Remove the horizontal steering gear nut, washer, and bolt

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  21. Remove the steering gear bracket bolts and the bracket.
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  23. Remove the steering gear from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Install the steering gear to the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Hand start all bolts before finalizing any torques.

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  3. Install the steering gear bracket and bolts. Tighten the bolts to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
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  5. Install the horizontal steering gear nut, washer, and bolt. Tighten the bolt to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
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  7. Install the vertical steering gear nut, washer, and bolt. Tighten the bolt to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
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  9. Connect the lower intermediate steering shaft.
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  11. Connect the power steering gear inlet and outlet hose to the steering gear.
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  13. Install the engine shield, if equipped.
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  15. Connect the rack and pinion outer tie rod ends to the steering knuckles.
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  17. Remove the J 42640 from the steering column.
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  19. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
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  21. Measure and adjust the front toe.
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