- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Lock the steering wheel.
NOTEThe steering column on vehicles with an automatic transmission may not be equipped with an internal locking shaft that allows the ignition key cylinder to be locked with the key. Alternative methods of locking the steering wheel for service will have to be used.
- Drain and siphon the power steering fluid from the reservoir.
- Raise the vehicle.
- Remove and discard the steering coupler pinch bolt.
- Remove the power steering hoses from the rack & pinion.
- Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the tie rod end nuts and separate tie rod ends from the knuckles with puller 8677
- Remove the skid plate.
- Remove the rack & pinion mounting bolts.
Remove the rack & pinion from the vehicle.
Before installing gear inspect bushings and replace if worn or damaged.
- Install the gear on the front crossmember and tighten the mounting bolts for light duty trucks to 235 ft. lbs. (319 Nm). Tighten the mounting bolts for heavy duty 4X2 trucks to 185 ft. lbs. (251 Nm).
- Slide the shaft coupler onto the gear. Install new pinch bolt and tighten to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
- Clean and dry the tie rod end studs and the knuckle tapers.
- Install the tie rod ends into the steering knuckles and tighten the nuts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm). then an additional 90 degrees.
- Install the pressure power steering hose to the steering gear and tighten to 23 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).
- Install the return power steering hose to the steering gear and for light duty trucks tighten to 37 ft. lbs (50 Nm). Tighten the mounting bolts for heavy duty 4X2 trucks to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
- Install the front skid plate.
- Install the tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the support and lower the vehicle.
- Fill and bleed the power steering system.
- Adjust the toe.