Kia Sportage 1998-02

Removal & Installation


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  3. Center the steering wheel.
  5. Drain the power steering fluid.
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Left front wheel
    Pitman arm-to-centerlink attaching nut
    Separate the Pitman arm from the centerlink with a ball joint puller
    Power steering hoses
    Coolant recovery tank and the power steering reserve tank
    Set bolt from the intermediate shaft
    Intermediate shaft from the steering gear
    Steering gear-to-frame bolts
    Steering gear


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    Fig. Exploded view of the steering gear

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Position the steering gear to the frame. Torque the bolts to 159 ft. lbs. (215 Nm).
    Pitman arm to the centerlink. Torque the bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm) and install a new cotter pin
    Intermediate shaft to the steering gear shaft. Torque the set bolt o 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
    Power steering hoses/lines. Torque the fasteners to 29 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
    Power steering reserve tank over the bracket and press until full engagement is reached
    Coolant recovery tank
    Left front wheel
    Negative battery cable

  3. Fill the power steering fluid to the proper level and bleed the system.
  5. Start the vehicle and check for leaks, repair if necessary.
  7. Road test the vehicle to check that the steering wheel is straight.