Malibu, Malibu MAXX 2006-2008

Removal & Installation

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Steering Gear



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Turn the steering wheel to the straight forward position and remove the key from the ignition.
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  5. Disable the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system.
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  7. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  9. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  11. Remove the front tires and wheels.
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  13. Remove the intermediate shaft to steering gear pinch bolt. Discard the bolt.
    NOTE
    Do not rotate the intermediate shaft once separated from the steering gear.



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    Fig. Remove the intermediate shaft to steering gear pinch bolt

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  15. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from the steering gear. Note the alignment for installation.
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  17. Remove the transmission rear mount bolt if needed.
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  19. Remove the steering gear to frame bolts.

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    Fig. Remove the steering gear to frame bolts

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  21. Remove the steering gear through the left side of the vehicle. Rotate the gear 90 degrees in order to clear the rear transmission mount.
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  23. If replacing the steering gear, remove the outer tie rod ends.
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To install:

  1. Install the outer tie rod ends to the steering gear.
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  3. Install the steering gear to the vehicle. Rotate the gear as necessary to clear the rear transmission mount.
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  5. Install the steering gear to frame bolts, and tighten the bolts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) plus an additional 90 degrees.
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  7. Install transmission mount bolt if previously removed. Tighten to 66 ft. lbs.(90 Nm).
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  9. Connect the intermediate steering shaft to the steering gear as noted during removal.
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  11. Install the new intermediate steering shaft to steering gear pinch bolt, and tighten the bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  13. Connect the outer tie rod ends to the steering knuckle.
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  15. Install the front tires and wheels.
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  17. Lower the vehicle.
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  19. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  21. Enable SIR System.
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  23. Check the vehicle for alignment
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