Honda Cars 2007-2008

Removal & Installation

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Specific to:

Honda Accord 2007-2008


CAUTION
The air bag must be disabled before removing the steering wheel to center the cable reel. Failure to disarm the air bag system may cause accidental air bag deployment, resulting in unnecessary air bag system repairs and the risk of personal injury.


NOTE
THE RADIO MAY CONTAIN A CODED THEFT PROTECTION CIRCUIT. ALWAYS OBTAIN THE CODE NUMBER BEFORE DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative and positive battery cables. Wait 3 minutes before working around the air bags.
  4.  
  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front tires. Drain the power steering fluid.
  6.  
  7. Remove the driver-s side airbag. Remove the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    Be sure to remove the steering wheel before disconnecting the steering joint as damage to the cable reel can occur.

  8.  
  9. Remove the top half of the steering joint cover.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering joint bolts. Disconnect the steering joint by moving the joint toward the column. Hold the lower slide shaft on the column with a piece of wire between the joint yoke on the lower slide shaft to the joint yoke on the upper shaft.
  12.  
  13. Remove the lower half of the steering joint cover.
  14.  
  15. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod ball joint and loosen the nut. Separate the tie rod ball joint and the knuckle, using the proper tool.
  16.  
  17. Remove the power steering heat baffle plate. Remove the feed line holder mounting bolt on the front suspension subframe.
  18.  
  19. Remove the feed line holder mounting bolt and return hose from the gearbox mounting bracket.
  20.  
  21. Place shop towels under the fluid lines and disconnect them. Plug the lines to prevent dirt from entering the system.
    NOTE
    Do not loosen the cylinder line between the valve body unit and the cylinder.

  22.  
  23. Attach tool EQS02C000016 to the front subframe.
  24.  
  25. Remove the front subframe right middle mount bolt. Remove the front subframe left middle mount bolt.
  26.  
  27. Remove the steering gearbox mounting bolts on the left gearbox mount. Remove the steering stiffener plate.
  28.  
  29. Remove the front suspension subframe rear bracket and mounting bolt.
  30.  
  31. Loosen the two front subframe rear mounting bolts on the right and left. Slowly lower the special tool supporting the subframe until the subframe has dropped 1 1 / 8 in.
  32.  
  33. Remove the two flange bolts from the right side of the gearbox. Remove the gearbox mounting bracket and cushion.
  34.  
  35. Move the steering gearbox toward the front and remove the pinion shaft grommet from the top of the valve body unit.
  36.  
  37. Apply vinyl tape to the splines on the pinion shaft. Tape the brake lines to protect them from the pinion shaft.
  38.  
  39. Move the steering gearbox to the driver-s side, and rotate it so that the pinion shaft points toward the front of the vehicle.
  40.  
  41. Carefully move the steering gearbox as an assembly toward the driver-s side of the vehicle until the pinion shaft clears the wheel well opening.
  42.  
  43. Remove the steering gearbox through the wheel well opening on the driver-s side of the vehicle.
  44.  

To install:

  1. Position the assembly to its mounting on the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  6.  
  7. Be sure to center the cable reel by first rotating it clockwise until it stops. Then rotate it counterclockwise (approximately two and a half turns) until the arrow mark on the label points straight up.
  8.  
  9. Install the steering wheel.
  10.  
  11. Fill the system with the proper grade and type power steering fluid.
  12.  
  13. Start the engine, allow it to idle, and turn the steering wheel from lock-to-lock several times to warm up the fluid. Check and adjust the fluid level.
  14.  
  15. Check the gearbox for fluid leaks, correct as necessary.
  16.  
  17. Check front end alignment.
  18.  
  19. Check the steering wheel spoke angle. Adjust by turning the right and left tie rods equally, if necessary.
  20.  

Specific to:

Honda Civic 2007-2008


CAUTION
The air bag must be disabled before removing the steering wheel to center the cable reel. Failure to disarm the air bag system may cause accidental air bag deployment, resulting in unnecessary air bag system repairs and the risk of personal injury.


NOTE
THE RADIO MAY CONTAIN A CODED THEFT PROTECTION CIRCUIT. ALWAYS OBTAIN THE CODE NUMBER BEFORE DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative and positive battery cables. Wait 3 minutes before working around the air bags.
  4.  
  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front tires. Drain the power steering fluid.
  6.  
  7. Remove the driver-s side airbag. Remove the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    Be sure to remove the steering wheel before disconnecting the steering joint as damage to the cable reel can occur.

  8.  
  9. Remove the driver-s dashboard lower cover. Remove the driver-s dashboard under cover.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering joint bolts. Disconnect the steering joint by moving the joint toward the column. Hold the lower slide shaft on the column with a piece of wire between the joint yoke on the lower slide shaft to the joint yoke on the upper shaft.
  12.  
  13. Remove the center guide, if equipped and discard it. The center guide is for factory assembly only.
  14.  
  15. Remove the harness holder and the air cleaner housing bracket. Remove the breather pipe and the harness holder bracket.
  16.  
  17. Attach special tool 07AAK-SNAA120, or equivalent to the cylinder head. Install the engine support hanger, AAR-12566 or equivalent. Attach the hook to the tool and tighten the wing nut. Lift and support the engine.
  18.  
  19. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod ball joint and loosen the nut. Separate the tie rod ball joint and the knuckle, using the proper tool.
  20.  
  21. Remove the pump outlet hose clamp from the intake manifold. Remove the inlet line clamp bolt. Open the return line holder and remove the return line clamp bolt.
  22.  
  23. Loosen the adjustable hose clamp and disconnect the return hose. Loosen the flare nut and disconnect the inlet line.
  24.  
  25. Remove the splash shield. Remove the lower ball joint mounting bolt and flange nuts from the lower arm. Disconnect the lower arm from the lower ball housing.
  26.  
  27. Attach tool VSB02C000016 to the front subframe and a transaxle jack or powertrain lift tool. Make sure that the subframe is securely supported.
  28.  
  29. Remove the front subframe middle mount bolt from the left side. Remove the front subframe middle mount bolt from the right side. Remove the two 12mm flange bolts from the lower torque rod and bracket.
  30.  
  31. Remove the front subframe front mounting bolts from the right and left sides of the vehicle. Discard them.
  32.  
  33. Remove the front subframe rear mounting bolts from the right and left sides of the vehicle. Discard them.
  34.  
  35. Lower the front subframe and steering gearbox as an assembly. Remove the pinion shaft grommet from the top of the valve body unit.
  36.  
  37. Remove the two 10mm bolts from the right side of the steering gearbox. Remove the mounting bracket and mounting cushion.
  38.  
  39. Remove the four 10mm flange bolts from the left side of the steering gearbox. Remove the stiffener plates.
  40.  
  41. Remove the steering gearbox from the front subframe
  42.  

To install:

  1. Position the assembly to its mounting on the subframe.
  2.  
  3. Loosely install the stiffener plates and gearbox mounting bolts on the left side of the steering gearbox.
  4.  
  5. Position the cutout on the mounting cushion and install it on the right side of the steering gearbox.

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    Fig. Cutout positioning on mounting cushion-Civic

  6.  
  7. Install the gearbox mounting bracket over the mounting cushion and loosely install the two 10mm bolts.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the 10mm bolts on both sides of the steering gearbox to 40 ft. lbs. right side and 28 ft. lbs. left side, alternately in two or more steps.
  10.  
  11. Install the pinion shaft grommet. Align the slot in the pinion shaft grommet with the lug portion on the valve housing. The grommet must not have a gap at the mating surface of the grommet and valve housing.
  12.  
  13. Carefully raise the front subframe in position.
  14.  
  15. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  16.  
  17. Be sure to center the cable reel by first rotating it clockwise until it stops. Then rotate it counterclockwise (approximately two and a half turns) until the arrow mark on the label points straight up. Install the steering wheel.
  18.  
  19. Fill the system with the proper grade and type power steering fluid.
  20.  
  21. Start the engine, allow it to idle, and turn the steering wheel from lock-to-lock several times to warm up the fluid. Check and adjust the fluid level.
  22.  
  23. Check the gearbox for fluid leaks, correct as necessary.
  24.  
  25. Check front end alignment.
  26.  
  27. Check the steering wheel spoke angle. Adjust by turning the right and left tie rods equally, if necessary.
  28.  

Specific to:

Honda S2000 2007-2008


CAUTION
The air bag must be disabled before removing the steering wheel to center the cable reel. Failure to disarm the air bag system may cause accidental air bag deployment, resulting in unnecessary air bag system repairs and the risk of personal injury.


NOTE
THE RADIO MAY CONTAIN A CODED THEFT PROTECTION CIRCUIT. ALWAYS OBTAIN THE CODE NUMBER BEFORE DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheels
     
    Driver-s air bag
     
    Steering wheel
     
    Steering coupler
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Splash shield
     
    Stabilizer bar brackets
     
    Steering gear wiring connectors
     
    Steering gear mounting bolts
     

  2.  
  3. Move the steering gear forward and to the right to remove the steering gear.

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    Fig. Move the steering gear forward and to the right to remove the steering gear-S2000 Models

  4.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, while using the following torque values:

    Steering gear mounting bolts: 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm)
     
    Steering gear ground cable bolt: 88 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
     
    Stabilizer bar bracket bolts: 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm)
     
    Splash shield bolts: 88 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
     
    Outer tie rod end nuts: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
     
    Steering coupler pinch bolts: 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm)
     

  2.  

Specific to:

Honda Fit 2007-2008

  1. Note these items during removal:
    1. Using solvent and a brush, wash any oil and dirt off the end of the steering gearbox. Avoid any electrical parts. Blow dry with compressed air.
    2.  
    3. Be sure to remove the steering wheel before disconnecting the steering joint. Damage to the cable reel can occur.
    4.  

  2.  
  3. Make sure you have the anti-theft code for the audio system.
  4.  
  5. Make sure the ignition switch is OFF, then disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
  6.  
  7. Raise the front of the vehicle, and support it with safety stands in the proper locations.
  8.  
  9. Remove the front wheels.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering wheel.
  12.  
  13. Remove the driver's dashboard undercover.
  14.  
  15. Remove the steering joint cover.
  16.  
  17. Remove the steering joint bolt, and disconnect the steering joint by moving the steering joint toward the column.
  18.  
  19. Remove the center guide (if equipped), and discard it. The center guide is for factory assembly only.

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    Fig. Remove the center guide (A) if equipped

  20.  
  21. Remove the air cleaner.
  22.  
  23. Install a proper engine lift and support assembly, and hold the engine weight.
  24.  
  25. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end ball joint nut, and loosen the nut.
  26.  
  27. Separate the tie-rod ball joint and the knuckle using the ball joint remover.
  28.  
  29. Remove the clip from the lower arm ball joint castle nut, and remove the nut.
  30.  
  31. Separate the lower arm ball joint and the knuckle using the ball joint remover and the ball joint thread protector.
  32.  
  33. Remove the stabilizer link from the stabilizer bar.
  34.  
  35. Disconnect the torque sensor 4-pin connector, EPS motor angle sensor 6-pin connector, EPS motor 1-pin connector, and EPS motor 2-pin connector from the driver's side of the steering gearbox. Wrap the connectors with vinyl tape to avoid the contamination from grease or water.

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    Fig. Disconnect the torque sensor 4-pin connector (A), EPS motor angle sensor 6-pin connector (B), EPS motor 1-pin connector (C), and EPS motor 2-pin connector (D) from the driver's side of the steering gearbox

  36.  
  37. Remove the front splash shield.
  38.  
  39. On A/T models, loosen the mounting bolts of the transmission rear mount bracket on the front subframe.
  40.  
  41. Remove the mounting bolt of the transmission rear mount bracket on the front subframe, and discard it.

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    Fig. Removing transaxle rear mount bracket-A/T model shown; M/T similar

  42.  
  43. Attach a wood block to the lower center of the front subframe. Attach a jack to the center of the wood block and support the front subframe securely by raising the jack.
  44.  
  45. Remove the front subframe mounting bolts, and discard them.
  46.  
  47. Lower the front subframe and steering gearbox as an assembly by lowering the jack slowly.
  48.  
  49. Remove the 10 mm flange bolts, then remove the stiffener plates, the gearbox mounting bracket and the mounting cushion.
  50.  
  51. Remove the steering gearbox from the front subframe.

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    Fig. Removing the rack and pinion steering gearbox

  52.  
  53. Remove the pinion shaft grommet from the top of the torque sensor.

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    Fig. Remove the pinion shaft grommet (A) from the top of the torque sensor

  54.  

To install:

  1. Install the pinion shaft grommet. Align the slot in the pinion shaft grommet with the lug portion on the torque sensor. The grommet must not have a gap at the mating surface of the grommet and the torque sensor.
  2.  
  3. Place the steering gearbox on the front subframe.
  4.  
  5. Loosely install the stiffener plates, and the gearbox mounting bolts on the driver's side of the steering gearbox.
    NOTE
    Use new mounting bolt and new bolt.

  6.  
  7. Position the cutout on the mounting cushion as shown, and securely install it on the gearbox.
    NOTE
    Make sure to align the tab on the mounting cushion with the paint mark on the steering gearbox.

  8.  
  9. Install the gearbox mounting bracket over the mounting cushion, and loosely install the 10 mm bolts.
  10.  
  11. In two or more steps, alternately tighten the 10 mm bolts on both sides of the steering gearbox to the specified torque as follows:

    Bolt/Nut A: 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm)
     
    Bolt B: 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm)
     
    Bolt C: 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm)
     
    Gearbox Mounting Bracket Bolts: 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm)
     

  12.  
  13. Turn out the lip of the pinion shaft grommet to ease installation.

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    Fig. Installing the gearbox and retaining components in proper locations

  14.  
  15. Set the front subframe mounting with the steering gearbox on the transmission jack and support it.
  16.  
  17. Carefully raise the front subframe with the jack, and pass the pinion shaft into the cabin. Return the lip of the pinion shaft grommet.
    NOTE
    Be sure that the pinion shaft grommet is securely in place. Check whether the pinion shaft grommet is not turning up. Incorrect installation can cause leakage of water, mud, or noise.


    WARNING
    Take care not to damage the lower arm ball joint boot with the edge of the knuckle, etc.

  18.  
  19. Install the front subframe with new 14 mm flange bolts and tighten to the specified torque.
  20.  
  21. Install the new mounting bolt on the transmission rear mount bracket, and tighten to 51 ft. lbs. (69 Nm). Ensure the other two bracket bolts still in place are tightened to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Install the front splash shield.
  24.  
  25. Remove the vinyl tape, then firmly connect the connectors as marked during removal.
  26.  
  27. Connect the stabilizer links to the stabilizer bar.
  28.  
  29. Wipe off any grease contamination from the tapered section and threads of the lower arm ball joint. Then reconnect the lower arm to the knuckle. Install a new 12 mm castle nut and tighten it to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm), plus just enough additional to align the hole for the cotter pin. Do not align the castle nut by loosening.
    NOTE
    Insert the cotter pin from the inside to the outside of the vehicle.

  30.  
  31. Wipe off any grease contamination from the tapered section and the threads of the ball joint.
  32.  
  33. Reconnect the tie-rod ends to the steering knuckles. Install the 10 mm nut, and tighten to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
  34.  
  35. Install a new cotter pin.
  36.  
  37. Remove the engine support hanger and the universal eyelet.
  38.  
  39. Install the air cleaner.
  40.  
  41. Center the steering rack within its stroke.
  42.  
  43. Adjust the steering column to the full tilt up position.
  44.  
  45. Insert the upper end of the steering joint onto the steering shaft (line up the bolt hole with the flat portion on the shaft), and loosely install the upper joint bolt.
  46.  
  47. Slip the lower end of the steering joint onto the pinion shaft taking care to align the gap within the angle shown.

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    Fig. Installing the upper end of the steering joint to the pinion shaft

  48.  
  49. Align the bolt hole on the steering joint with the groove around the pinion shaft, then loosely install the lower joint bolt.
  50.  
  51. Pull on the steering joint to make sure that the steering joint is fully seated, then tighten the lower joint bolt, then the upper joint bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  52.  
  53. Install the steering joint cover.
  54.  
  55. Install the driver's dashboard undercover.
  56.  
  57. Install the front wheels, then set the wheels in the straight ahead position.
  58.  
  59. Install the steering wheel.
  60.  
  61. Reconnect the negative cable to the battery, and do these items:
    1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II); the SRS indicator should come on for about 6 seconds and then go off.
    2.  
    3. Enter the anti-theft code for the audio system.
    4.  
    5. Set the clock.
    6.  
    7. Verify cruise control and turn signal switch operation.
    8.  

  62.  
  63. After installation, do these checks:
    1. Check the steering wheel spoke angle. If steering spoke angles to the right and left are not equal (steering wheel and rack are not centered), correct the engagement of the joint/pinion shaft serrations.
    2.  
    3. Set the steering column to the center tilt position, then perform an toe inspection.
    4.  
    5. Make sure the steering wheel is centered.
    6.  
    7. Perform the memorizing of the torque sensor neutral position procedure as follows:
      NOTE
      The torque sensor neutral position must be memorized whenever the gearbox, the motor, or the EPS control unit is replaced, and after doing a wheel alignment. Note that the torque sensor neutral position is not affected when erasing the DTC.


      NOTE
      The torque sensor is sensitive to temperature. This procedure should be performed within the range of 68°F, plus/minus 18°F (20°C, plus/minus 10°C).

    8.  
    9. With the ignition switch OFF, connect the scan tool to the Data Link Connector (DLC) located under the driver's side of the dashboard.
    10.  
    11. Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
    12.  
    13. Make sure the HDS communicates with the vehicle and the EPS control unit. If it doesn't, troubleshoot the DLC circuit.
    14.  
    15. Select MISCELLANEOUS TEST in the EPS MENU with the HDS.
    16.  
    17. Select TORQUE SENSOR LEARN, and follow the screen prompts.
      NOTE
      See the HDS Help menu for specific instructions.

    18.  
    19. Turn the ignition switch OFF.
    20.  
    21. Start the engine, allow it to idle, and turn the steering wheel from lock-to-lock several times. Check that the EPS indicator does not come on.
    22.  

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