REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
- Point the front tires straight ahead and lock the steering in this position.
- Remove the steering wheel.
The steering wheel must be removed before disconnecting the steering column lower joint to avoid damaging the SRS spiral cable.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely and remove the front wheels.
- Disconnect the tie rod ends from the steering knuckles.
- Remove the carbon canister from the vehicle.
- Support the engine then remove the bolts attaching the engine mounts to the engine mounting center member. Remove the engine mounting center member.
- Remove the front stabilizer bar from the vehicle.
- Remove the nuts attaching the hole cover to the bulkhead.
- Move the hole cover aside and disconnect the lower joint from the rack and pinion. Matchmark the pinion shaft and the pinion housing to record the steering neutral position.
- Disconnect the power steering fluid pipes from the rack and pinion.
- Remove the bolts attaching the mounting brackets and remove the rack and pinion from the vehicle.
- Position the rack and pinion in the vehicle and install the mounting brackets. Tighten the mounting nuts and bolts in the proper sequence.
- Install new O-rings to the power steering fluid pipes and connect them to the rack and pinion. Tighten the low pressure line 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm). Tighten the high pressure line to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm).
- Align the lower steering joint to the pinion shaft and install the joint onto the pinion shaft. Install the bolt and tighten to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm).
- Properly position the hole cover and install the attaching nuts, tighten the nuts to 2.9-3.6 ft. lbs. (4-5 Nm).
- Install the front stabilizer.
- Install the engine mounting center member and tighten the attaching bolts. Attach the engine mounts to the center member and tighten the bolts. Remove the support from the engine.
- Install the remaining components in the reverse order of removal.
- Tighten the tie rod end nuts, then install a new cotter pin.
- Fill the power steering reservoir with fluid and bleed the air from the power steering system.
- Check the vehicle front end alignment and adjust as necessary.