Honda Prelude Accord Civic S2000 2001-2006

Removal & Installation

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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.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
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  3. Position the front wheels straight ahead. Lock the steering column and remove the ignition key.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative, then the positive battery cables.
     

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  7. Disable the air bag.
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  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Steering joint cover
     
    Upper and lower steering joint bolts
     

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  11. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  13. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Tie-rod end cotter pins and castle nuts
     
    Tie-rod ends from the steering knuckles, using a ball joint tool.
     
    Left tie-rod end and slide the rack all the way to the right.
     
    Self-locking nuts, then separate the catalytic converter or front exhaust pipe from the rear exhaust pipes.
     
    Catalytic converter or front exhaust pipe
     

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  15. If equipped with a manual transaxle, remove or disconnect the following:

    Shift lever extension rod from the clutch housing
     
    Pin retainer out of the way, then drive out the spring pin
     
    Shift rod
     

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  17. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, remove or disconnect the following:

    Shift cable bracket and holder
     
    Shift cable from the control shaft. Suspend the cable from the underbody with a piece of wire.
     

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  19. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Steering rack stiffener plate
     
    Steering rack mounting bracket
     
    Steering rack from the pinion shaft, by pulling the rack down.
     

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  21. Drop the steering rack far enough to permit the end of the pinion shaft and the grommet to come out of the hole in the bulkhead.
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  23. Slide the gearbox to the right until the left tie rod clears the subframe, then drop it down and out of the vehicle to the left.
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To install:


NOTE
Use new self-locking nuts and gaskets when installing the catalytic converter.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Steering rack into position
     
    Pinion shaft grommet, insert the pinion through the hole in the bulkhead.
     
    Steering rack mounting cushion, bracket, and bolts. The arrow on the bracket faces the front of the vehicle. Tighten the bracket bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Steering rack stiffener plate. Tighten the steering rack mounting bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm). Tighten the stiffener plate bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     

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  3. Center the rack ends within their steering strokes.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Tie rod ends onto the rack ends
     
    Tie rod ends to the steering knuckles, then the castle nuts.
     
    Front wheels
     
    Catalytic converter using new gaskets and self-locking nuts. Tighten the front nuts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm), and the rear nuts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
     

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  7. If equipped with a manual transaxle, install or connect the following:

    Shift linkage with a new spring pin and clip.
     
    Extension rod and tighten its bolt to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
     

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  9. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, install or connect the following:

    Shift cable and brackets. Tighten the bracket bolts to 108 inch lbs. (12 Nm). Tighten the cable lockbolt to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm). Tighten the cable holder bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
     

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  11. Verify that the rack is centered within its strokes. Lower the vehicle.
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  13. Center the air bag cable reel as follows:
    1. Remove the steering wheel.
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    3. Turn the cable reel clockwise until it stops.
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    5. Turn the steering wheel counterclockwise, approximately 2 turns, until the arrow on the label points straight up.
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    7. Install the steering wheel.
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  15. During steering wheel installation, verify that the slot on the steering wheel shaft engages with the tabs on the turn signal canceling sleeve. The pins on the cable reel fit into the holes on the steering wheel body. Install a new steering wheel nut and tighten it to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  17. Line up the bolt hole in the steering joint with the groove in the pinion shaft. Slip the joint onto the pinion shaft. Pull the joint up and down to be sure the splines are fully seated. Tighten the joint bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
    NOTE
    Connect the steering joint and pinion shaft with the cable reel and steering rack centered. Verify that the lower joint bolt is securely seated in the pinion shaft groove. If the steering wheel and rack are not centered, reposition the serrations at the lower end of the steering joint.

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  19. Install or connect the following:

    Steering joint cover
     

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  21. Tighten the ball joint castle nuts to 29-35 ft. lbs. (40-48 Nm). Then, tighten them only enough to install new cotter pins.
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  23. Enable the air bag.
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  25. Install or connect the following:

    Steering wheel's lower access cover
     
    Negative and positive battery cables
     

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  27. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position. The air bag indicator light should come on for 6 seconds, then turn off. This light sequence indicates that the air bag system is enabled and functioning normally. If the air bag light stays on longer, or doesn't turn on, the system must be diagnosed.
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  29. Check the front wheel alignment and steering wheel spoke angle. Make adjustments by turning the left and right tie-rod ends equally.
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  31. Road test the vehicle.
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