REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Disable the air bag system by disconnecting the negative battery cable and waiting at least 10 minutes, prior to starting this procedure.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Matchmark the rack and pinion to the steering shaft.
- Remove the bolt securing the lower steering column shaft to the rack and pinion assembly.
- If equipped with power steering, disconnect and cap the hoses from the power steering pump at the rack and pinion assembly.
- Remove the cotter pins and castle nuts from the tie rod ends.
- Using a ball joint separator tool, detach the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the front exhaust pipe mounting nuts and bolts.
- Remove the front exhaust pipe from the vehicle.
- If necessary (and applicable), disconnect the control cable or linkage from the transmission and position it out of the way.
- Unfasten the mounting bolts/nuts, then remove the rack and pinion assembly from the vehicle.
Use care when separating the steering column joint.To install:
- Inspect the rack and pinion mounting bushings, and replace as necessary.
When installing the lower steering joint to the rack and pinion, make sure that the wheels are pointing straight-ahead and that the steering column joint slot is aligned.
- Align the steering column-to-the rack and pinion assembly matchmark, and position the rack in the vehicle.
- Be sure to properly install the mounting bushings and hand-tighten the mounting nuts or bolts.
- Tighten the rack mounting bolts/nuts to 65-80 ft. lbs. (88-108 Nm) on 240SX or 54-72 ft. lbs. (73-97 Nm) on Altima.
- Install the pinch bolt on the steering column shaft to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
- Attach the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles.
- If removed, connect the control cable or linkage to the transmission.
- Using new gaskets, install the front exhaust pipe assembly.
- If equipped with power steering, connect the power steering pump hoses to the rack.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Start the engine, then fill and bleed the power steering system.
- Check the front end alignment.