Rendezvous 2006-2007

Removal & Installation

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NOTE
The front wheels of the vehicle must be maintained in the straight ahead position and the steering column must be in the LOCK position before disconnecting the steering column or intermediate shaft. Failure to follow these procedures will cause improper alignment of some components during installation and result in damage to the SIR coil assembly.

  1. Turn the steering wheel to the straight forward position, support it from movement, and remove the key from the ignition.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  7. Remove the stabilizer bar.
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  9. Remove the power steering gear heat shield.
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  11. Remove the outer tie rod castle nuts.
    NOTE
    Do not free the ball stud from the steering knuckle by use of a pickle fork or a wedge type tool.

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  13. Using J 24319-B tool, separate the tie rod ends from the steering knuckles.
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  15. Move the intermediate shaft lower seal up into the intermediate shaft upper seal to gain access to the power steering gear pinch bolt.
    CAUTION
    Failure to disconnect the intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion stub shaft can result in damage to the steering gear and/or intermediate shaft. This damage can cause loss of steering control which could result in personal injury.

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  17. Remove the pinch bolt and separate the intermediate shaft from the power steering gear.
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  19. Use a utility stand in order to support the cradle/frame.

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    Fig. Use a utility stand to support the frame

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  21. Remove the rear cradle/frame bolts.
    NOTE
    Do not lower the rear of the frame too far as damage to the engine components nearest to the cowl may result.

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  23. Use the utility stand in order to lower the cradle/frame and the powertrain.
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  25. Disconnect the power steering gear inlet pipe/hose.
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  27. Disconnect the power steering cooler pipe/hose from the power steering gear.
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  29. Remove the power steering gear mounting nuts and bolts.
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  31. Remove the power steering gear through the vehicle left side wheel opening.
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  33. If you are replacing the power steering gear, transfer the necessary components.
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To install:

  1. Position the power steering gear to the vehicle through the left side wheel opening.
    NOTE
    Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.


    NOTE
    This is a prevailing torque type fastener. This fastener may be reused ONLY if:



    The fastener and its counterpart are clean and free from rust.
     
    The fastener develops 18 inch lbs (2 Nm) of torque (drag) against its counterpart prior to the fastener seating.
     
    If the fastener does not meet these criteria, REPLACE the fastener.
     

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  3. If the vehicle is equipped with front wheel drive, install the power steering gear mounting nuts and bolts and tighten nuts and bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
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  5. If the vehicle is equipped with all wheel drive, install the power steering gear bolts and nuts and tighten the power steering gear right side bolt to 80 N·m (59 lb ft).

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    Fig. The rack and pinion steering gear is bolted to the rear of the subframe, as shown

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  7. Using NEW O-ring seals, connect the power steering gear cooler pipe to the power steering gear and tighten to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  9. Using NEW O-ring seals, connect the power steering gear pressure hose to the power steering gear and tighten to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  11. Install the power steering gear heat shield.
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  13. Use the utility stand in order to raise the cradle/frame and the powertrain.
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  15. Install the rear cradle/frame bolts and tighten bolts to 177 ft. lbs. (240 Nm).
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  17. Remove the utility stand from under the vehicle.
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  19. Position the intermediate steering shaft onto the steering gear shaft and tighten the power steering gear pinch bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (48Nm).

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    Fig. Installing intermediate shaft

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  21. Position the outer tie rod ends into the steering knuckles.
    NOTE
    This is a prevailing torque type fastener. This fastener may be reused ONLY if:



    The fastener and its counterpart are clean and free from rust.
     
    The fastener develops 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm) of torque (drag) against its counterpart prior to the fastener seating.
     
    Ensure that 2.5-4.5 tie rod end threads are visible beyond the tie rod nut nylon.
     
    Tighten the outer tie rod end castle nuts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm) plus 120 degrees (2 flats).
     
    If the fastener does not meet these criteria, REPLACE the fastener
     

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  23. Install the outer tie rod end castle nuts.
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  25. Install the stabilizer bar.
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  27. Install the front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  29. Lower the vehicle.
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  31. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
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  33. Inspect and adjust front toe as necessary.
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