REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, properly disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as detailed in Chassis Electrical .
- Raise and safely support the front end of the car on jackstands. Double check the placement and security of the stands.
- Remove the cover panel and steering joint cover at the firewall. Unbolt and separate the steering shaft at the coupling.
- Remove the front wheels.
- Remove the cotter pins and unscrew the castle nuts on the tie rod ends. Using a ball joint separator, disconnect the tie rod ends. After the joints are separated, lift the tie rod ends out of the steering knuckles.
- Remove the center beam.
- On cars with manual transaxles, disconnect the shift rod and extension from the clutch housing.
- On cars with automatic transaxles, remove the shift cable guide from the floor and pull the shift cable down by hand.
- Remove the nuts connecting the exhaust header pipe to the exhaust pipe and remove the exhaust pipe bracket. Move the exhaust pipe out of the way; support it with a length of wire.
- Push the rack all the way to the right (simulating a left turn) and remove the gearbox brackets. Slide the tie rod ends all the way to the right.
- Drop the gearbox far enough to permit the end of the pinion shaft to come out of the hole in the frame channel, then rotate it forward until the shaft is pointing rearward.
- Slide the gearbox to the right until the left tie rod clears the exhaust pipe, then drop it down and out of the car to the left.
- Set the rack with the arms simulating a left turn. Install the rack by reversing the removal manipulation. Rotate the rack so that the pinion shaft fits into its hole in the frame channel.
- Once in place and centered, install the mount brackets; tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
- Reconnect the exhaust pipe and install the brackets. Tighten the pipe nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and the bracket nuts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
- Reconnect the transaxle controls, either the shift rod or shift cable guide.
- Install the center beam. Make certain the insulator is centered with its mount on the transaxle. It may be necessary to loosen the center beam bolt and insulator nuts to adjust the position. Tighten the center beam bolts to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
- Connect the tie-rod ball joints, install the castle nut and fit a new cotter pin.
- Inside the car, connect the steering shaft connector to the pinion shaft. Tighten the bottom bolt to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
- Install the front wheels and lower the car to the ground.
- Properly enable the SRS system, if equipped, and connect the negative battery cable.
- Have the alignment (toe) setting checked at a reputable alignment facility.
See Figure 2
This procedure adjusts steering effort only. A steering gearbox locknut wrench such as Honda tool 07916-SA50001, or its equivalent, is required.
- Raise the front wheels and place them in a straight-ahead position. Using a spring scale, turn the steering wheel and check the steering force; it should be no more than 3.3 lbs. If steering force exceeds this amount, adjust by performing the following steps.
- Make sure that the rack is well lubricated.
- Loosen the rack guide adjusting locknut.
- Tighten the adjusting screw just to the point where the screw bottoms.
- Back off the adjusting screw 45 degrees and hold it in that position while tightening the locknut.
- Recheck the play, then, move the wheels lock-to-lock, to make sure that the rack moves freely.
- Check the steering force, readjust as necessary.