Liberty, Wrangler, 1997-2005

Removal & Installation

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2.4L & 3.7L Engines



2-Wheel Drive
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Siphon the power steering fluid from the power steering reservoir.
    NOTE
    The steering column on vehicles with an automatic transmission may not be equipped with an internal locking shaft that allows the ignition key cylinder to be locked with the key. Alternative methods of locking the steering wheel for service will have to be used.

  4.  
  5. Lock the steering wheel to prevent spinning of the clockspring.
  6.  
  7. Raise and support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the skid plate from under the front end to gain access to the gear.
  10.  
  11. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
    NOTE
    Mark the alignment adjusting cams and tie rod end jam nuts on the steering gear for easier installation.

  12.  
  13. Remove the tie rod end nuts.
  14.  
  15. Separate tie rod ends from the knuckles.
  16.  
  17. Remove the lower intermediate shaft coupler bolt and slide the coupler off the gear.
  18.  
  19. Remove power steering pressure hose bracket.
  20.  
  21. Remove the power steering lines from the gear.
  22.  
  23. Remove the mounting bolts from the gear to the front cradle.
  24.  
  25. Remove the steering gear from the vehicle.
  26.  

To install:

  1. Transfer the outer tie rod ends to the new steering gear (if needed).
  2.  
  3. Install the steering gear to the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Install the gear mounting bolts to the front cradle. Tighten the gear mounting bolts to 120 ft. lbs. (162 Nm)
  6.  
  7. Install the power steering lines to the gear.
  8.  
  9. Install the power steering pressure hose bracket.
  10.  
  11. Install the lower coupler bolt and slide the coupler on to the gear.
  12.  
  13. Install the tie rod end to the knuckle and tighten the nuts.
  14.  
  15. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  16.  
  17. Install the skid plate.
  18.  
  19. Lower the vehicle.
  20.  
  21. Unlock the steering wheel.
  22.  
  23. Fill the power steering fluid.
  24.  
  25. Reset the toe and center the steering wheel.
  26.  

4-Wheel Drive
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Siphon the power steering fluid from the power steering reservoir.
    NOTE
    The steering column on vehicles with an automatic transmission may not be equipped with an internal locking shaft that allows the ignition key cylinder to be locked with the key. Alternative methods of locking the steering wheel for service will have to be used.

  4.  
  5. Lock the steering wheel to prevent spinning of the clockspring.
  6.  
  7. Raise and support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the skid plate from under the front end to gain access to the gear.
  10.  
  11. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
    NOTE
    Mark the alignment adjusting cams for easier installation.

  12.  
  13. Remove the lower control arms.
  14.  
  15. Remove the front axle.
  16.  
  17. Remove the tie rod end nuts.
  18.  
  19. Separate tie rod ends from the knuckles.
  20.  
  21. Remove the intermediate shaft lower coupler bolt and slide the coupler off the gear).
  22.  
  23. Remove power steering pressure hose bracket.
  24.  
  25. Remove the power steering lines from the gear.
  26.  
  27. Remove the mounting bolts from the gear to the front cradle.
  28.  
  29. Remove the steering gear from the vehicle.
  30.  

To install:

  1. Transfer the tie rod ends to the new steering gear (if needed).
  2.  
  3. Install the steering gear to the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Install the gear mounting bolts to the front cradle. Tighten the gear mounting bolts to 120 ft. lbs. (162 Nm)
  6.  
  7. Install the power steering lines to the gear.
  8.  
  9. Install the power steering pressure hose bracket.
  10.  
  11. Install the lower coupler bolt and slide the coupler on to the gear.
  12.  
  13. Install the tie rod end to the knuckle and tighten the nuts.
  14.  
  15. Install the front axle.
  16.  
  17. Install the lower control arms.
  18.  
  19. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  20.  
  21. Install the skid plate
  22.  
  23. Lower the vehicle.
  24.  
  25. Unlock the steering wheel.
  26.  
  27. Fill the power steering fluid.
  28.  
  29. Reset the toe and center the steering wheel.

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    Fig. Rack mounting points-Liberty w/2.4L or 3.7L Engine

  30.  

2.8L Diesel Engine



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Siphon the power steering fluid from the power steering reservoir.
    NOTE
    The steering column on vehicles with an automatic transmission may not be equipped with an internal locking shaft that allows the ignition key cylinder to be locked with the key. Alternative methods of locking the steering wheel for service will have to be used.

  4.  
  5. Lock the steering wheel to prevent spinning of the clockspring.
  6.  
  7. Raise and support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the skid plate from under the front end to gain access to the gear.
  10.  
  11. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
    NOTE
    Mark the alignment adjusting cams for easier installation.

  12.  
  13. Remove the lower control arms.
  14.  
  15. Remove differential housing drain plug and drain fluid.
  16.  
  17. Mark the front propeller shaft and pinion flange. Remove propeller shaft from pinion flange.
  18.  
  19. Remove half shaft hub nuts.
  20.  
  21. Remove the stabilizer bar links from the lower control arms.
  22.  
  23. Remove tie rod end nuts and separate ends from the knuckles.
  24.  
  25. Remove the lower ball joint nuts and separate ball joints from the lower control arms.
  26.  
  27. Remove shock clevis lower bolts.
  28.  
  29. Pull out on the steering knuckles and push the half shaft out of the knuckles.
  30.  
  31. With a pry bar remove the half shafts from the axle.
    NOTE
    Right half shaft has a splined axle that may come out with the half shaft.

  32.  
  33. Remove differential vent hose from cover and remove drain trough nut.
  34.  
  35. Support the axle with a lift/jack.
  36.  
  37. Remove bolts from left front axle bracket and cradle bracket bolt.
  38.  
  39. Remove the oil filter drip tray.
  40.  
  41. Mark and remove right control arm cam bolt.
  42.  
  43. Remove front bolt and rear bolt from right axle bracket frame mounts.
  44.  
  45. Remove bolt from left rear axle bracket frame mount.
  46.  
  47. Lower the axle and from vehicle.
  48.  
  49. Remove the lower coupler pinch bolt and slide the coupler off the gear.
  50.  
  51. Remove power steering pressure hose bracket.
  52.  
  53. Remove the power steering lines from the gear.
  54.  
  55. Remove the mounting bolts from the gear to the front cradle.
  56.  
  57. Remove the steering gear from the vehicle.
  58.  

To install:

  1. Transfer the tie rod ends to the new steering gear (if needed).
  2.  
  3. Install the steering gear to the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Install the gear mounting bolts to the front cradle. Tighten the gear mounting bolts to 120 ft. lbs. (162 Nm)
  6.  
  7. Install the power steering lines to the gear.
  8.  
  9. Install the power steering pressure hose bracket.
  10.  
  11. Install the lower coupler pinch bolt and slide the coupler on to the gear.
  12.  
  13. Install the tie rod end to the knuckle and tighten the nuts.
  14.  
  15. Install right bracket to axle and tighten to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install left rear bracket to axle and tighten to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Install left front bracket to axle and tighten to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Raise axle up and align brackets with frame mounts.
  22.  
  23. Install frame mount bolts and tighten to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Install half shafts.
  26.  
  27. Install right front control arm cam bolt with marks aligned.
  28.  
  29. Install lower ball joint into lower control arms and tighten nuts.
  30.  
  31. Align clevis with knuckles and install clevis bolts.
  32.  
  33. Install stabilizer bar links to lower control arms and install bolts.
  34.  
  35. Install oil filter trough.
  36.  
  37. Install new half shaft hub nuts and tighten to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
  38.  
  39. Install the propeller shaft.
  40.  
  41. Install the axle vent hose.
  42.  
  43. Fill the differential with gear lubricant.
  44.  
  45. Install the lower control arms.
  46.  
  47. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  48.  
  49. Install the skid plate.
  50.  
  51. Lower the vehicle.
  52.  
  53. Unlock the steering wheel.
  54.  
  55. Fill the power steering fluid.
  56.  
  57. Align the front end.
  58.  

 
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