Kia Sportage 2005-06

Removal & Installation

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Fig. Steering gear component identification

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disconnect the cover fixing clip (A) on the universal joint indoor driver inside, and loosen the noise covers (B).

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    Fig. Disconnect the cover fixing clip (A) on the universal joint indoor driver inside, and loosen the noise covers (B)

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  5. Loosen the universal joint and the gear box mounting bolt (A) and disconnect the intermediate shaft (B) from the gear box.

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    Fig. Loosen the universal joint and the gear box mounting bolt (A) and disconnect the intermediate shaft (B) from the gear box

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  7. Lift up the vehicle.
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  9. Remove the front tires.
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  11. Remove the engine under cover.
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  13. After removing the split pin, disconnect the tie rod from the knuckle using a ball joint separator.
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  15. Remove the stabilizer link from the strut assembly.
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  17. Remove the two bolts for lower arm ball joint.
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  19. Remove the propeller shaft and the front muffler assembly.
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  21. Drain oil from the transfer case (A). Then remove the rear flange assembly (B).

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    Fig. Transfer case rear flange

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  23. Drain power steering oil.
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  25. Remove the connecting bolt for pressure tubes.
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  27. Remove two engine mounting bolts (B, C) and six subframe mounting bolts in order to remove the subframe (A).

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    Fig. Sub-frame bolts

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  29. Remove the power steering gearbox after removing four mounting bolts of the power steering gearbox.
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  31. Installation is the reserve of removal. Observe the following torques:

    Sub-frame bolts: 37-48 ft. lbs. (50-65 Nm). 
     
    Steering gear mounting bolts: 60-80 Nm (44-59 ft. lbs.).
     

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  33. Add power steering fluid.
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  35. Air bleed the system.
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