Mazda B-Series 1998-06

Removal & Installation

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WARNING
If equipped, always turn off the Automatic Ride Control (ARC) service switch before lifting the vehicle off of the ground. Failure to do so could damage the ARC system components. Refer to Section 1 for jacking procedures.

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle, block the rear wheels and apply the parking brake.
  2.  
  3. Start the engine then rotate the steering wheel from lock-to-lock and record the number of rotations.
  4.  
  5. Divide the number of rotations by two. This gives the number of rotations to achieve true center of the steering. Turn the wheel in one direction to the full lock.
  6.  
  7. Turn the wheel in the opposite direction the number of turns equal to true steering (lock-to-lock number divided by two).
  8.  


WARNING
Do not rotate the steering wheel when the shaft is disconnected from the steering gear as damage to the clock spring could occur.

  1. Remove the bolt retaining the lower steering column shaft to the steering gear input shaft and disconnect the two.
  2.  
  3. Remove the stabilizer bar.
  4.  



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Fig. View of the power steering hose connections for the power rack and pinion steering gear



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Fig. Exploded view of the power rack and pinion steering gear mounting

  1. Unscrew the quick-connect fittings for the power steering pressure and return hoses at the steering gear housing.
  2.  
  3. Plug the ends of the lines and the fitting in the rack to avoid dirt contamination.
  4.  
  5. Remove the two nuts securing the power steering cooler and remove the cooler.
  6.  
  7. Remove the outer tie rod ends.
  8.  
  9. Remove the two nuts, bolts and washer assemblies retaining the steering gear housing to the front crossmember.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Position the steering gear to the front crossmember and install the nuts, bolts and washer assemblies. Tighten to 94-127 ft. lbs. (128-172 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the power steering cooler and two retaining bolts.
  4.  
  5. Connect the power steering lines to the steering gear housing and tighten the fittings to 20-25 ft. lbs. (27-34 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the outer tie rod ends.
  8.  
  9. Ensure that the steering shaft or gear input shaft has not been rotated, then connect the two.
  10.  
  11. Install the intermediate shaft-to-steering input shaft retaining (pinch) bolt and tighten to 30-42 ft. lbs. (41-56 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Lower the vehicle and refill the power steering pump reservoir.
  14.  
  15. Bleed the air from the power steering system. Follow the procedures in this Section.
  16.  
  17. Ensure that there are no leaks and the fluid is maintained at the proper level.
  18.  
  19. Have the alignment checked and adjusted by a professional repair shop.
  20.  


WARNING
If equipped, always turn off the Automatic Ride Control (ARC) service switch before lifting the vehicle off of the ground. Failure to do so could damage the ARC system components.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle, block the rear wheels and apply the parking brake.
  4.  
  5. Start the engine then rotate the steering wheel from lock-to-lock and record the number of rotations.
  6.  
  7. Divide the number of rotations by 2. This gives the number of rotations to achieve true center of the steering. Turn the wheel in one direction to the full lock.
  8.  
  9. Turn the wheel in the opposite direction the number of turns equal to true steering (lock-to-lock number divided by 2).
    WARNING
    Do not rotate the steering wheel when the shaft is disconnected from the steering gear as damage to the clock spring could occur.

  10.  
  11. Drain the power steering fluid reservoir.
  12.  
  13. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Bolt retaining the lower steering column shaft to the steering gear input shaft
     
    Stabilizer bar
     
    Quick-connect fittings for the power steering pressure and return hoses at the steering gear housing
     
    Nuts securing the power steering cooler and remove the cooler
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Nuts, bolts and washer assemblies retaining the steering gear housing to the front crossmember
     
    Steering gear from the vehicle
     

  14.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Position the steering gear to the front crossmember and install the nuts, bolts and washer assemblies. Torque to 94-127 ft. lbs. (128-172 Nm).
     
    Power steering cooler retaining bolts
     
    Power steering lines to the steering gear housing and torque the fittings to 20-25 ft. lbs. (27-34 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends and ensure that the steering shaft or gear input shaft has not been rotated
     
    Intermediate shaft-to-steering input shaft retaining (pinch) bolt and torque the bolt to 30-42 ft. lbs. (41-56 Nm)
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the power steering pump reservoir.
  4.  
  5. Bleed the air from the power steering system.
  6.  
  7. Ensure that there are no leaks and the fluid is maintained at the proper level.
  8.  
  9. Check the alignment.
  10.  

 
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