REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Position the wheels in a straight ahead position. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Raise the vehicle and support safely.
- Remove the bolt holding lower steering column joint to the rack and pinion input shaft.
- Remove the cotter pins and, using the proper separating tools, disconnect the tie rod ends from the knuckle.
- Locate the triangular brace near the stabilizer bar brackets on the crossmember and remove both the brace and the stabilizer bar bracket.
- Place a jack under the center member. Remove the through bolt from the round roll stopper. Remove the rear bolts from the center crossmember.
- Disconnect the front exhaust pipe and tie out of the way. Lower the center member slightly.
- Remove the rack and pinion steering assembly and its rubber mounts. Move the rack to the right to remove from the crossmember. While tilting downward, remove the rack assembly from the left side of the vehicle. Use caution to avoid damaging the boots.
- Install the rack and mounting bolts, tightening bolts to 43-58 ft. lbs. (60-80 Nm). When installing the rubber rack mounts, align the projection of the mounting rubber with the indentation in the crossmember.
- Raise the center member using the jack and install the center support rear bolts. Tighten to 72 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
- Install the roll stopper bolt and new nut. Tighten nut to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Remove the jack supporting the center member.
- Install the joint assembly and gear box connecting bolt and tighten to 14 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
- Reposition the exhaust pipe and connect to the manifold.
- Install the stabilizer bar brackets and brace.
- Connect the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles. Install the retaining nuts.
- Perform a front end alignment.