- Remove the boot bands and discard them. Remove the tie-rod clips, and pull the boots away from the ends of the gearbox.
- Unbend the lock washer at the rack end ball joint.
Unscrew both rack ends with a wrench. Be careful not to damage the rack shaft surface with the wrench. Remove the rack end, lock washer and rubber stop, and discard them.
NOTEHold the flat surfaces of the rack shaft on the pinion shaft side with another wrench.
- Install the new rubber stop and lock washer on the rack shaft. Align the lock washer tabs with the slots in the rack shaft.
- Install the rack end while holding the lock washer in place.
- Repeat this step for the other side of the rack shaft.
- Tighten both rack ends to 69 ft. lbs. (93 Nm). Be careful not to damage the rack shaft surface with the wrench.
- Bend the lock washer back against the flat spots on the rack end ball joint housing.
- Apply multipurpose grease to the circumference of the rack end joint housing and lock washer.
- Apply a light coat of silicone grease to the boot fitting grooves on the rack ends.
- Center the steering rack within its stroke.
- Clean off any grease or contamination from the boot installation grooves around the gearbox housing.
- Install the boots on the rack ends with the tie-rod clips, and fit the boot end in the installation grooves in the housing properly.
- After installing the boots, wipe the grease off the threaded section of the rack ends.
Install the new boot bands by aligning the tabs with the holes of the band.
- Close the ear portion of the band with proper band pliers.
Slide the rack shaft right and left to be certain that the boots are not deformed or twisted.