Removal & Installation
To avoid personal injury when working on vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected and at least 60 seconds must elapse before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag. You should also wrap or isolate the negative battery cable with electrical or other non-conductive tape.
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Disarm the SRS system. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Drain the power steering fluid. Remove the front under cover.
- Remove the centermember.
- Remove the steering wheel undercover access plate. Remove the air bag module. Remove the steering damper. Remove the steering wheel.
- To remove the clock spring, remove the steering column lower cover. Disconnect the clock spring electrical connectors. Remove the clock spring.
- Remove the floor console side cover. Remove the front scruff plate and cowl side trim. Pull back the floor carpeting.
- Remove the stabilizer link retaining nuts. Remove the stabilizer link.
- Remove the steering gear and linkage protector. Disconnect the stabilizer bar retaining brackets and bushings.
- Separate the tie rod end from the knuckle connection, using tool MB991897, or equivalent.
- Separate the lower arm assembly from the knuckle connection, using the proper tool.
Disconnect the steering gear and steering column shaft connection. Pinch the steering column shaft clip with pliers and pull the shaft upwards to disengage the column shaft from the steering gear.
NOTEIf the steering column shaft is removed accidentally, remove the steering column assembly and be sure to insert the column shaft into the steering column as shown in the illustration.
- Disconnect the steering gear return tube connection. Remove the tube clamp. Disconnect the pressure hose clamp. Disconnect the steering gear pressure tube connection.
- Remove the rear stopper connection bolt.
- Remove the front axle crossmember stay locknut. Remove the front axle crossmember stay.
- Remove the front axle number one crossmember, rear roll stopper and steering gear assembly.
Remove the steering gear and linkage protector. Remove the stabilizer bracket, bushing and stabilizer bar from its mounting.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
Be sure to align the stabilizer bar identification mark with the right end of the stabilizer bushing.
Align the steering joint cover notch with the steering gear lug. Install the steering joint cover to the steering gear.
NOTEWhen installing the clock spring, ensure that the mating marks are properly aligned. If not the steering wheel may not rotate completely during a turn, or the flat cable in the clock spring could be damaged. This would prevent normal SRS operation and possibly cause serious injury to the driver.
- To align the mating marks of the clock spring, turn the clock spring counterclockwise fully. Then turn it back approximately 3 3/4 turns counterclockwise to align the mating marks.
Turn the front wheels to the straight ahead position. Then install the clock spring to the column switch.
NOTEIf the vehicle is equipped with Active Skid Control (ASC), ensure that the steering wheel sensor-s mating marks are properly aligned. If not, the steering wheel sensor could be damaged.
- To align the mating marks, if the vehicle is equipped with Active Skid Control (ASC), turn the steering wheel sensor clockwise fully. Then turn it back approximately 2 3/4 turns counterclockwise to align the mating marks. Align the mating marks on the clock spring and the steering wheel sensor, and install the steering wheel sensor to the column switch assembly. Connect the steering wheel sensor connector.
- Connect the negative battery cable. On 2005-2006 vehicles, turn the ignition ON and then OFF , and keep it off for at least ten seconds.
- Check and adjust the power steering fluid level,
- Check and adjust the front end alignment, as required.