Infiniti Car 1998-05

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  


CAUTION
The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  1. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
  2.  


WARNING
Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  1. Remove the steering wheel.
  2.  


NOTE
The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) spiral cable.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely and remove the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle, if necessary
     
    Nuts attaching the hole cover to the bulkhead
     

  4.  
  5. Move the hole cover aside and disconnect the lower joint from the rack and pinion. Matchmark the pinion shaft and the pinion housing to record the steering neutral position.

    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle
     
    Mounting brackets and tighten the mounting nuts and bolts in the proper sequence
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm).
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Torque the bolt to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Properly position the hole cover. Torque the nuts to 2.9-3.6 ft. lbs. (4-5 Nm).

    Front stabilizer
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts. Remove the support from the engine.
     


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    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-G20 Models



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    Fig. Tighten the steering rack fasteners in this order-G20 Models

    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  6.  
  7. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  10.  
  11. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  


CAUTION
The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  1. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
  2.  


WARNING
Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  1. Remove the steering wheel.
  2.  


NOTE
The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) spiral cable.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister from the vehicle and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle, if necessary
     
    Nuts attaching the hole cover to the bulkhead
     

  2.  
  3. Move the hole cover aside and disconnect the lower joint from the rack and pinion. Matchmark the pinion shaft and the pinion housing to record the steering neutral position.

    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle
     
    Mounting brackets and tighten the mounting nuts and bolts in the proper sequence
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm).
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Torque the bolt to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Properly position the hole cover and install the attaching nuts. Torque the nuts to 2.9-3.6 ft. lbs. (4-5 Nm).

    Front stabilizer
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts. Remove the support from the engine.
     


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    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-I30 models



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    Fig. Tighten the steering rack fasteners in this order-I30 Models

    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  6.  
  7. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  10.  
  11. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  


CAUTION
The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  1. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
  2.  


WARNING
Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  1. Remove the steering wheel.
  2.  


NOTE
The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) spiral cable.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front exhaust pipe
     

  2.  
  3. Place a suitable jack under the transaxle.

    Center member and rear engine mount
     
    Front stabilizer bar
     
    Separate the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle
     
    Power steering lines and plug them to prevent contaminants from entering
     
    Steering gear retaining bolts
     
    Steering gear assembly
     

  4.  


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    Fig. Exploded view of the power steering gear assembly-I35 models


To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, noting the following:
    1. Tighten all fasteners as shown in the illustration.
    2.  
    3. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
    4.  
    5. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
    6.  

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  


WARNING
Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the steering gear is removed.

  1. Drain the power steering fluid.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Engine undercover
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Pinch bolts from upper and lower sides
     
    Power steering fluid pipes from the steering gear assembly
     
    Bolt from rack mounting bracket insulator
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the steering gear from the vehicle
     

  4.  


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    Fig. Exploded view of the power steering gear assembly-G35 models


To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, noting the following:
    1. Tighten all fasteners as shown in the illustration.
    2.  
    3. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
    4.  
    5. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
    6.  

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  


WARNING
Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the steering gear is removed.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Engine splash shield
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Lower steering column joint bolt
     
    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  2.  


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    Fig. Rack and pinion steering gear tightening sequence-4.5L engine M45 and 2004 Q45


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle.
     
    Mounting bolts. Torque the bolts in sequence. Tighten the mounting bracket bolts to 46-56 ft. lbs. (62-76 Nm) and the gear-to-frame bolts to 100-120 ft. lbs. (135-164 Nm).
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion.
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Install the bolt and torque to 18-21 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 47-76 ft. lbs. (64-107 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  8.  
  9. Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  


WARNING
Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the steering gear is removed.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister from the vehicle and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle
     
    Lower joint bolts
     
    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle.
     
    Mounting brackets. Torque the bolts to 112-127 ft. lbs. (152-172 Nm).
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 30-33 ft. lbs. (40-44 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm).
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Install the bolt and torque to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).

    Front stabilizer, if removed
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts if removed. Remove the support from the engine.
     


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    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-2001-03 Q45 Models

    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  4.  
  5. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 47-80 ft. lbs. (64-108 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  8.  
  9. Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    CAUTION
    The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  2.  
  3. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the SRS spiral cable.

  6.  
  7. Raise and support the vehicle safely and remove the front wheels.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle, if necessary
     
    Nuts attaching the hole cover to the bulkhead
     

  10.  
  11. Move the hole cover aside and disconnect the lower joint from the rack and pinion. Matchmark the pinion shaft and the pinion housing to record the steering neutral position.

    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  12.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle
     
    Mounting brackets and tighten the mounting nuts and bolts in the proper sequence
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Torque the bolt to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Properly position the hole cover. Torque the nuts to 2.9-3.6 ft. lbs. (4-5 Nm).

    Front stabilizer
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts. Remove the support from the engine

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    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-G20 Models



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    Fig. Tighten the steering rack fasteners in this order-G20 Models

     
    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  6.  
  7. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  10.  
  11. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    CAUTION
    The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  2.  
  3. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the SRS spiral cable.

  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister from the vehicle and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle, if necessary
     
    Nuts attaching the hole cover to the bulkhead
     

  8.  
  9. Move the hole cover aside and disconnect the lower joint from the rack and pinion. Matchmark the pinion shaft and the pinion housing to record the steering neutral position.

    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  10.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle
     
    Mounting brackets and tighten the mounting nuts and bolts in the proper sequence
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Torque the bolt to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Properly position the hole cover and install the attaching nuts. Torque the nuts to 2.9-3.6 ft. lbs. (4-5 Nm).

    Front stabilizer
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts. Remove the support from the engine

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-I30 Models



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Tighten the steering rack fasteners in this order-I30 Models

     
    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  6.  
  7. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  10.  
  11. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  


WARNING
Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the steering gear is removed.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister from the vehicle and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle
     
    Lower joint bolts
     
    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle.
     
    Mounting brackets. Torque the bolts to 112-127 ft. lbs. (152-172 Nm)
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 30-33 ft. lbs. (40-44 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Install the bolt and torque to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).

    Front stabilizer, if removed
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts if removed. Remove the support from the engine

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-Q45 Models

     
    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  4.  
  5. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 47-80 ft. lbs. (64-108 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  8.  
  9. Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    CAUTION
    The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  2.  
  3. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the SRS spiral cable.

  6.  
  7. Raise and support the vehicle safely and remove the front wheels.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle, if necessary
     
    Nuts attaching the hole cover to the bulkhead
     

  10.  
  11. Move the hole cover aside and disconnect the lower joint from the rack and pinion. Matchmark the pinion shaft and the pinion housing to record the steering neutral position.

    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  12.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle
     
    Mounting brackets and tighten the mounting nuts and bolts in the proper sequence
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Torque the bolt to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Properly position the hole cover. Torque the nuts to 2.9-3.6 ft. lbs. (4-5 Nm).

    Front stabilizer
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts. Remove the support from the engine

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-G20



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Tighten the steering rack fasteners in this order-G20

     
    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  6.  
  7. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  10.  
  11. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    CAUTION
    The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  2.  
  3. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the SRS spiral cable.

  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister from the vehicle and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle, if necessary
     
    Nuts attaching the hole cover to the bulkhead
     

  8.  
  9. Move the hole cover aside and disconnect the lower joint from the rack and pinion. Matchmark the pinion shaft and the pinion housing to record the steering neutral position.

    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  10.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle
     
    Mounting brackets and tighten the mounting nuts and bolts in the proper sequence
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Torque the bolt to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Properly position the hole cover and install the attaching nuts. Torque the nuts to 2.9-3.6 ft. lbs. (4-5 Nm).

    Front stabilizer
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts. Remove the support from the engine

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-I30



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Tighten the steering rack fasteners in this order-I30

     
    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  6.  
  7. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  10.  
  11. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  


WARNING
Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the steering gear is removed.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister from the vehicle and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle
     
    Lower joint bolts
     
    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle.
     
    Mounting brackets. Torque the bolts to 112-127 ft. lbs. (152-172 Nm)
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 30-33 ft. lbs. (40-44 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Install the bolt and torque to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).

    Front stabilizer, if removed
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts if removed. Remove the support from the engine

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear assembly-Q45 Models

     
    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  4.  
  5. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 47-80 ft. lbs. (64-108 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  8.  
  9. Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    CAUTION
    The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  2.  
  3. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) spiral cable.

  6.  
  7. Raise and support the vehicle safely and remove the front wheels.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle, if necessary
     
    Nuts attaching the hole cover to the bulkhead
     

  10.  
  11. Move the hole cover aside and disconnect the lower joint from the rack and pinion. Matchmark the pinion shaft and the pinion housing to record the steering neutral position.

    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  12.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle
     
    Mounting brackets and tighten the mounting nuts and bolts in the proper sequence
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm).
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Torque the bolt to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Properly position the hole cover. Torque the nuts to 2.9-3.6 ft. lbs. (4-5 Nm).

    Front stabilizer
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts. Remove the support from the engine.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Component view of the steering gear assembly-G20



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    Fig. Tighten the steering rack fasteners in this order-G20

     
    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  6.  
  7. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  10.  
  11. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    CAUTION
    The air bag system must be disarmed before removing the steering wheel. Failure to do so may cause accidental deployment, property damage or personal injury.

  2.  
  3. Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the lower joint removed from the steering column or the spiral cable may be damaged.

  4.  
  5. Remove the steering wheel.
    NOTE
    The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) spiral cable.

  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front exhaust pipe
     

  8.  
  9. Place a suitable jack under the transaxle.

    Center member and rear engine mount
     
    Front stabilizer bar
     
    Separate the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle
     
    Power steering lines and plug them to prevent contaminants from entering
     
    Steering gear retaining bolts
     
    Steering gear assembly

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    Fig. Component view of the power steering gear assembly-I35

     

  10.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, noting the following:
    1. Tighten all fasteners as shown in the illustration.
    2.  
    3. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
    4.  
    5. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
    6.  

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the steering gear removed.

  2.  
  3. Drain the power steering fluid.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Engine undercover
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Pinch bolts from upper and lower sides
     
    Power steering fluid pipes from the steering gear assembly
     
    Bolt from rack mounting bracket insulator
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the steering gear from the vehicle

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    Fig. Exploded view of the power steering gear assembly-G35

     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, noting the following:
    1. Tighten all fasteners as shown in the illustration.
    2.  
    3. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
    4.  
    5. Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
    6.  

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the steering gear removed.

  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Carbon canister from the vehicle and properly support the engine
     
    Bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member
     
    Front stabilizer bar from the vehicle
     
    Lower joint bolts
     
    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Bolts attaching the mounting brackets and the rack and pinion from the vehicle
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle.
     
    Mounting brackets. Torque the bolts to 112-127 ft. lbs. (152-172 Nm).
     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Torque the low pressure line 30-33 ft. lbs. (40-44 Nm) and the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm).
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Install the bolt and torque to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).

    Front stabilizer, if removed
     
    Engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts if removed. Remove the support from the engine.
     
    Remaining components in the reverse order of removal
     

  4.  
  5. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 47-80 ft. lbs. (64-108 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  8.  
  9. Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel or column with the steering gear removed.

  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Both front wheels
     
    Engine splash shield
     
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckles
     
    Lower steering column joint bolt
     
    Solenoid valve harness connector
     
    Power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion
     
    Mounting bolts and nuts
     

  4.  
  5. Remove steering gear assembly from vehicle

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    Fig. Component view of the steering gear assembly-Q45 and 2003-2004 M45 Models

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Rack and pinion in the vehicle.
     
    Mounting bolts. Torque the bolts in sequence. Tighten the mounting bracket bolts and the gear-to-frame bolts as indicated in diagram.

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    Fig. Tightening sequence-Q45 and M45

     
    New O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion.
     

  2.  
  3. Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Install the bolt and torque to 18-21 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Torque the tie rod end nuts to 47-76 ft. lbs. (64-107 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
  8.  
  9. Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
  10.  

 
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