MINI 2002-05

Removal & Installation

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


CAUTION
It is essential to maintain cleanliness of components, especially when removing hoses or otherwise opening the hydraulic system. Always plug all openings to seal against debris getting into the system.

  1. Remove the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Apply a reference mark on the steering tie rod with paint, for reassembly reference.
  4.  
  5. Remove the nuts on the left and right tie rod ends and separate the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Release the nuts (1) at the bottom of the stabilizer bar.
  8.  
  9. Drain the steering fluid from the reservoir.
  10.  
  11. Remove the nut on the clamp at the lower end of the steering column (near the firewall).
  12.  
  13. Detach the high pressure line and low pressure line from the steering gear (banjo bolts). Plug the openings.
  14.  
  15. Remove the heat shield from the steering gear.
  16.  
  17. Detach the line bracket from the ends of the steering gear housing, then remove the 4 bolts holding the steering gear to the chassis.
  18.  
  19. Remove the steering gear.
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    Fig. Releasing nuts on bottom of the stabilizer bar


To install:

  1. Position the steering gear to the chassis mountings. Torque the retaining bolts to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Line bracket on end of steering gear
     
    Heat shield; torque bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm)
     
    Power steering pipes to steering gear; torque high pressure pipe bolt to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) and low pressure pipe bolt to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
     
    Pinch bolt at steering gear to steering column; torque new nut to 16 ft. lbs. (22Nm)
     
    New self-locking nuts of bottom of stabilizer bar; torque to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Tie rod end ball joint nut to steering knuckle; torque new nut to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm)
     

  4.  
  5. Reset tie rod to steering gear by screwing connection in until paint marks align (this is an initial setting).
  6.  
  7. Bleed the power steering system.
  8.  
  9. Check and adjust alignment.
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
    CAUTION
    It is essential to maintain cleanliness of components, especially when removing hoses or otherwise opening the hydraulic system. Always plug all openings to seal against debris getting into the system.

  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Apply a reference mark on the steering tie rod with paint, for reassembly reference.
  6.  
  7. Remove the nuts on the left and right tie rod ends and separate the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle.
  8.  
  9. Release the nuts (1) at the bottom of the stabilizer bar.
  10.  
  11. Drain the steering fluid from the reservoir.
  12.  
  13. Remove the nut on the clamp at the lower end of the steering column (near the firewall).
  14.  
  15. Detach the high pressure line and low pressure line from the steering gear (banjo bolts). Plug the openings.
  16.  
  17. Remove the heat shield from the steering gear.
  18.  
  19. Detach the line bracket from the ends of the steering gear housing, then remove the 4 bolts holding the steering gear to the chassis.
  20.  
  21. Remove the steering gear.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Releasing nuts on bottom of the stabilizer bar

  22.  

To install:

  1. Position the steering gear to the chassis mountings. Torque the retaining bolts to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Line bracket on end of steering gear
     
    Heat shield; torque bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm)
     
    Power steering pipes to steering gear; torque high pressure pipe bolt to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) and low pressure pipe bolt to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
     
    Pinch bolt at steering gear to steering column; torque new nut to 16 ft. lbs. (22Nm)
     
    New self-locking nuts of bottom of stabilizer bar; torque to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Tie rod end ball joint nut to steering knuckle; torque new nut to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm)
     

  4.  
  5. Reset tie rod to steering gear by screwing connection in until paint marks align (this is an initial setting).
  6.  
  7. Bleed the power steering system.
  8.  
  9. Check and adjust alignment.
  10.  

 
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