REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Remove the coupling shield from the steering shaft.
- Disconnect the hoses from the gearbox and cap or plug the hose fittings.
- Jack up the front end of the car and support it with jackstands.
- Remove the pitman shaft nut, then disconnect the pitman shaft using a puller (it is a press-fit).
- Remove the three bolts attaching the gearbox to the frame side rail and remove the gearbox.
If the mounting threads are stripped, do not repair; replace the housing.
- Before installing the gearbox, apply a sodium fiber grease to the gearbox mounting pads to prevent squeaks between the gear housing and the frame. Note that the flat on the gearbox lower shaft must index with the flat in the coupling flange and make sure there is a minimum of .040 in. clearance between the coupling hub and the steering gearbox upper seal.
- Reverse the removal procedure for installation. Before tightening the gearbox-to-frame bolts, shift the gearbox as necessary to place it in the same place as the steering shaft so that the flexible coupling is not distorted. Tighten the gearbox-to-frame bolts to 80 ft. lbs., and the pitman shaft nut to 185 ft. lbs.
- After connecting the hoses to the pump add GM Power Steering Fluid or an equivalent to bring the fluid level to the full COLD mark. Bleed the system by running the engine at idle for 30 secones then at a fast idle for one minute BEFORE turning the steering wheel. Then, with the engine still running, turn the steering wheel through its full travel two or three times. Recheck the oil level and top up if necessary.