Liberty, Wrangler, 1997-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Place the front wheels in the straight ahead position.
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  5. Drain the power steering system.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Air cleaner housing
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines
     
    Column coupler shaft bolt
     
    Left front wheel assembly
     
    Pitman arm
     
    Windshield washer reservoir
     
    Steering gear
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Steering gear. Tighten the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
     
    Pitman arm. Tighten the nut to 185 ft. lbs. (251 Nm).
     
    Windshield washer reservoir
     
    Power steering pressure and return lines. Torque the fasteners to 14 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
     
    Intermediate shaft. Tighten the pinch bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    Air cleaner assembly
     
    Left front wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  3. Fill and bleed the power steering fluid reservoir.
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  5. Start the engine, check for leaks and repair if necessary.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Place the front wheels in the straight ahead position with the steering wheel centered and locked.
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  5. Siphon out as much power steering fluid as possible.
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  7. Remove the bumper shield.
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  9. Remove power steering hoses/tubes from steering gear.
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  11. Remove the column coupler shaft from the gear.
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  13. Remove pitman arm from gear.
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  15. Remove the steering gear retaining bolts and remove the gear.

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    Fig. Steering gear mounting-2005 Wrangler

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To install:

  1. Install steering gear on the frame rail and tighten bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
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  3. Align and install the pitman arm and tighten nut to 185 ft. lbs. (251 Nm).
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  5. Align the column coupler shaft to steering gear. Install a new coupler pinch bolt and tighten to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  7. Install power steering hoses/tubes to steering gear and tighten to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
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  9. Install the bumper shield.
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  11. Fill power steering system to proper level.
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