Honda Prelude Accord Civic S2000 2001-2006

Removal & Installation

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NOTE
The radio may contain a coded theft protection circuit. Always obtain the code number before disconnecting the battery. If the vehicle is equipped with 4WS, the steering control unit is shut down when the battery is disconnected. After connecting the battery, turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock to reset the steering control unit.

Accord



2001-02 Models

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 in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Lift the power steering reservoir off of its mount and disconnect the inlet hose.
  4.  
  5. Insert a length of tubing into the inlet hose and route the tubing into a drain container.
  6.  
  7. With the engine running at idle, turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock several times until fluid stops running out of the hose. Immediately shut off the engine.
  8.  
  9. Position the front wheels straight ahead. Lock the steering column with the ignition key. Reconnect the reservoir inlet hose.
  10.  
  11. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Steering joint cover and the upper and lower steering joint bolts.
     

  12.  
  13. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  14.  
  15. 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.
     
    Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO 2 S) connector
     
    Self-locking nuts, then separate the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe.
     
    Catalytic converter
     
    Shift linkage from the transaxle case, if equipped with a manual transaxle.
     
    Shift cable cover and cable (wire it up and out of the way), if equipped with an automatic transaxle.
     
    2 hydraulic lines from the rack valve body, using a flare nut wrench. Plug the lines to keep dirt and moisture out. Carefully move the disconnected lines to the rear of the rack assembly so that they are not damaged when the rack is removed.
     
    Rack stiffener plate, then the steering rack mounting bolts.
     

  16.  
  17. Pull the steering rack down to release it from the pinion shaft.
  18.  
  19. Drop the steering rack far enough to permit the end of the pinion shaft to come out of the hole in the frame channel.
  20.  
  21. Slide the steering rack 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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    Fig. Move the steering rack to the right, then down and out of the vehicle-2001-02 Accord



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    Fig. Power rack and pinion steering gear mounting-2001-02 Accord

  22.  

To install:


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


WARNING
Use only genuine Honda power steering fluid. Any other type or brand of fluid will damage the power steering pump.

  1. Before installing the rack & pinion, slide the ends all the way to the right.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Pinion shaft grommet. The lug on the pinion shaft grommet aligns with the slot on the valve body.
     
    Steering rack into position
     
    Pinion shaft grommet and insert the pinion through the hole in the bulkhead.
     
    Rack mounting bolts. Tighten the bracket bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Tighten the stiffener plate mounting bolts to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
     

  4.  
  5. Center the rack ends within their steering strokes.
  6.  
  7. Center the air bag cable reel, as follows:
    1. Turn the steering wheel left approximately 150°, to check the cable reel position with the indicator.
    2.  
    3. If the cable reel is centered, the yellow gear tooth lines up with the alignment mark on the cover.
    4.  
    5. Return the steering wheel right approximately 150° to position the steering wheel in the straight-ahead position.
    6.  

  8.  
  9. 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.

  10.  
  11. Install or connect the following:

    Steering joint cover and the rack and pinion cover
     
    2 hydraulic lines to the rack valve body. Carefully tighten the 14mm inlet fitting to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm) and the 16mm outlet fitting to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
     
    Shift cable and the select cable to the transaxle with new cotter pins, if equipped with a manual transaxle.
     
    Shift cable to the transaxle using a new lockwasher, if equipped with an automatic transaxle. Tighten the lockbolt to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
     
    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).
     
    HO 2 S sensor connector
     
    Tie rod ends onto the rack ends
     
    Tie rod ends to the steering knuckles, then the castle nuts.
     

  12.  
  13. Tighten the ball joint castle nuts to 29-35 ft. lbs. (40-48 Nm). Then, tighten them only enough to install new cotter pins.
  14.  
  15. Install the front wheels.
  16.  
  17. Lower the vehicle.
  18.  
  19. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  20.  
  21. Be sure the reservoir inlet line has been reconnected. Fill the reservoir to the upper line with Honda power steering fluid. Run the engine at idle and turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock several times to bleed air from the system and fill the rack valve body. Recheck the fluid level and add more if necessary.
  22.  
  23. Check the power steering system for leaks.
  24.  
  25. Check the front wheel alignment and steering wheel spoke angle. Make adjustments by turning the left and right tie rod ends equally.
  26.  
  27. Road test the vehicle.
  28.  

2003-06 Models

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 in the beginning of this 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 it-s 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. Install the steering wheel.
  8.  
  9. Fill the system with the proper grade and type power steering fluid.
  10.  
  11. 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.
  12.  
  13. Check the gearbox for fluid leaks, correct as necessary.
  14.  
  15. Check front end alignment.
  16.  
  17. Check the steering wheel spoke angle. Adjust by turning the right and left tie rods equally, if necessary.
  18.  

Civic



2001-05 Hatchback Models

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 in the beginning of this 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 motor on the steering gearbox.
  10.  
  11. Remove the driver-s dashboard lower cover. Remove the driver-s dashboard under cover.
  12.  
  13. Remove the steering joint bolts. Disconnect the steering joint by moving the joint toward the column.
  14.  
  15. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod ball joint and loosen the nut. Separate the tie rod ball joint and the steering damper, using the proper tool.
  16.  
  17. Grasp the right side tie rod and pull the rack all the way to the passenger-s side of the vehicle. Remove the heat shield mounting bolts, let the heat shield lay against the exhaust.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the EPS wire harness 6P connector. Remove the EPS wire harness and mounting bracket.
  20.  
  21. Remove the ground cable terminal from the steering gearbox housing. Remove the engine wire harness clamps from the three mounting brackets.
  22.  
  23. Remove the heater hose from the bracket. Open the heater valve cable clamp. Disconnect the heater valve cable. Remove the heater valve from the bulkhead. Move it to the side.
  24.  
  25. Remove the side frame stiffener. Remove the steering stiffener from the left side of the steering gearbox. Remove the steering stiffener from the right side of the steering gearbox.
  26.  
  27. Lower the steering gearbox and rotate it so the pinion shaft points upward.
  28.  
  29. Remove the pinion shaft grommet from the top of the torque sensor.
  30.  
  31. Carefully remove the steering gearbox and tie rods as an assembly toward the wheel well opening on the passenger-s side.
  32.  
  33. Carefully raise the driver-s side (pinion side) of the steering gearbox and tie rod until it clears the master cylinder and underhood fuse/relay box. Remove the assembly from the vehicle.
  34.  

To install:

  1. Position the assembly to it-s 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. Install the steering wheel.
  8.  
  9. Fill the system with the proper grade and type power steering fluid.
  10.  
  11. 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.
  12.  
  13. Check the gearbox for fluid leaks, correct as necessary.
  14.  
  15. Check front end alignment.
  16.  
  17. Check the steering wheel spoke angle. Adjust by turning the right and left tie rods equally, if necessary.
  18.  

2001-05 Models Except Hatchback

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 in the beginning of this 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.
  12.  
  13. Remove the air cleaner and resonator.
  14.  
  15. Open the heater valve cable clamp. Disconnect the heater valve cable. Remove the heater valve from the bulkhead. Move it to the side.
  16.  
  17. Above the gearbox, remove the feed line clamp. Disconnect the feed line and return line from the valve body.
  18.  
  19. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod ball joint and loosen the nut. Separate the tie rod ball joint and the steering damper, using the proper tool.
  20.  
  21. From under the gearbox, remove the return hose clamp. Remove the engine wire harness from the harness bracket. Remove the steering rack guard clips, remove the guard.
  22.  
  23. On 2001-03 vehicles, remove the steering gearbox nut and washer and steering stiffener.
  24.  
  25. On 2004-05 vehicles, remove the steering gearbox nut and washer on the right gearbox mounting bracket.
  26.  
  27. On 2001-03 vehicles, remove the steering gearbox attachment bolts and washers and the steering stiffener.
  28.  
  29. On 2004-05 vehicles, remove the steering gearbox attachment bolts and washers on the left gearbox mounting bracket.
  30.  
  31. Pull on the steering gearbox to free it from the mounting stud, on the right gearbox mounting bracket. Remove the three mounting bolts and bracket.
  32.  
  33. Lower the steering gearbox and rotate it so the pinion shaft points upward.
  34.  
  35. Carefully remove the steering gearbox and tie rods as an assembly toward the passenger-s side until the pinion shaft clears the heater hoses. Remove the steering gearbox through the wheel well opening on the passenger-s side of the vehicle.
  36.  

To install:

  1. Position the assembly to it-s 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. Install the steering wheel.
  8.  
  9. Fill the system with the proper grade and type power steering fluid.
  10.  
  11. 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.
  12.  
  13. Check the gearbox for fluid leaks, correct as necessary.
  14.  
  15. Check front end alignment.
  16.  
  17. Check the steering wheel spoke angle. Adjust by turning the right and left tie rods equally, if necessary.
  18.  

2006 Models

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 in the beginning of this 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 it-s 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-2006 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.  

Prelude




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.


NOTE
The electronic neutral check must be performed on 4WS equipped Preludes any time the steering rack, steering wheel, or steering column is removed, and before the wheels are aligned.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Power steering reservoir off of its mount
     
    Inlet hose
     

  4.  
  5. Insert a length of tubing into the inlet hose and route the tubing into a drain container.
  6.  
  7. With the engine running at idle, turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock several times until fluid stops running out of the hose. Shut off the engine.
  8.  
  9. Position the front wheels straight ahead. Lock the steering column with the ignition key. Reconnect the reservoir inlet hose.
  10.  
  11. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Steering joint cover, then the upper and lower steering joint bolts.
     

  12.  
  13. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  14.  
  15. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Tie rod end cotter pins and castle nuts. Install a 12mm nut onto the end of the ball joint stud to protect the threads from damage.
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles, using a ball joint tool
     
    Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO 2 S) sensor connector
     
    Self-locking nuts, then separate the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe.
     
    Exhaust pipe from the intake manifold
     
    Exhaust pipe from the vehicle
     

  16.  
  17. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Clean any oil or dirt off of the valve body with solvent.



    Remove the shift cable cover
     
    Shift cable, and wire it up and out of the way.
     



    Center beam from the subframe
     
    Valve body shield
     
    4 hydraulic lines from the rack valve body, using a flare nut wrench. Plug the lines to keep dirt and moisture out.
     

  18.  
  19. On models with 4-Wheel Steering (4WS) remove or disconnect the following:

    Carefully cut the wire tie securing the cover to the front sub-steering angle sensor
     
    Cover

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    Fig. 4WS front sub-steering angle sensor-Prelude

     
    Sensor wiring harness from the 2 securing clamps
     
    Sensor connector from the 4WS steering main wiring harness.

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    Fig. Front sub-steering angle sensor, harness, and steering rack-Prelude

     

  20.  
  21. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Steering joint bolt, then slide the pinion shaft out of the joint.
     
    Left mounting bracket, then the right mounting brackets.
     
    Left tie rod end and slide the rack all the way to the right.
     

  22.  
  23. Pull the steering rack down to release it from the pinion shaft.
  24.  
  25. Slide the steering rack to the right until the left tie rod clears the subframe, then drop it down and out of the vehicle to the left.
  26.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new gaskets and self-locking nuts when installing the exhaust pipe.


WARNING
Use only genuine Honda power steering fluid. Any other type or brand of fluid will damage the power steering pump.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Steering rack into position
     
    Pinion shaft grommet and insert the pinion through the hole in the firewall.
     
    Right and left mounting brackets. Tighten the short bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm), and the long bolts to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
     

  2.  
  3. Center the rack ends within their steering strokes.
  4.  
  5. Center the air bag cable reel as follows:
    1. Turn the steering wheel clockwise until it stops.
    2.  
    3. Turn the steering wheel counterclockwise until the yellow gear tooth lines up with the alignment mark on the lower column cover.
    4.  

  6.  
  7. 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.

  8.  
  9. Install or connect the following:

    4 hydraulic lines to the rack valve body. Carefully tighten the 12mm fittings to 108 inch lbs. (13 Nm), the 14mm inlet fitting to 28 ft. lbs. (37 Nm), and the 17mm oil cooler fitting to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
     
    Front sub-steering angle sensor to the 4WS harness.
     
    Wire back into its clamps, making sure that it doesn't interfere with the stabilizer bar.
     
    Sensor cover with a new wire tie
     
    Valve body shield
     
    Center beam. Use new self-locking bolts and tighten them to 43 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
     

  10.  
  11. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, install or connect the following:

    Shift cable and tighten the locknut to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
     
    Cable holder and tighten its bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
     

  12.  
  13. Install or connect the following:

    Catalytic converter using new gaskets and self-locking nuts. Tighten the exhaust manifold nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm), and the rear nuts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
     
    HO 2 S connector
     
    Tie rod ends onto the rack ends
     
    Tie rod ends to the steering knuckles, then the castle nuts.
     
    Front wheels
     

  14.  
  15. Verify that the rack is centered within its strokes. Lower the vehicle.
  16.  
  17. Install the steering joint cover.
  18.  
  19. Tighten the ball joint castle nuts to 36-43 ft. lbs. (50-60 Nm). Then, tighten them only enough to install new cotter pins.
  20.  
  21. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  22.  
  23. Be sure the reservoir inlet line has been reconnected. Fill the reservoir to the upper line with Honda power steering fluid. Run the engine at idle and turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock several times to bleed air from the system and fill the rack valve body. Recheck the fluid level and add more if necessary.
  24.  
  25. Check the power steering system for leaks.
  26.  
  27. On Preludes without 4WS, check and adjust the front wheel alignment. On Preludes with 4WS, the electronic neutral check must be performed on the 4WS system.
  28.  

S2000



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following: Negative battery cableFront wheelsDriver-s air bagSteering wheelSteering couplerOuter tie rod endsSplash shieldStabilizer bar bracketsSteering gear wiring connectorsSteering gear mounting bolts

    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
     

  4.  
  5. Move the steering gear forward and to the right to remove the steering gear.
  6.  

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)

    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.  


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 in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. 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
     

  4.  
  5. Move the steering gear forward and to the right to remove the steering gear.
  6.  

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.  

 
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