S&T Series Blazer, Bravada, Envoy, Jimmy, Rainier, Trailblazer, Xtreme

Power Steering Gear

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Removal & Installation



2000-01 Vehicles
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Position a fluid catch pan under the power steering gear.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Feed and return fluid hoses from the steering gear. Immediately cap or plug all openings to prevent system contamination or excessive fluid loss.
     
    Intermediate shaft lower coupling shield, if equipped
     
    Intermediate shaft-to-steering gear bolt. Matchmark the intermediate shaft-to-power steering gear and separate the shaft from the gear.
     
    Pitman arm from the gear pitman shaft
     
    Power steering gear-to-frame bolts and washers, then carefully remove the steering gear from the vehicle
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Steering gear to the vehicle and secure by finger-tightening the fasteners. For some vehicles, the pitman arm must be connected to the gear while it is still removed from the vehicle or while it is partially installed and lowered for access. If necessary, align and install the pitman arm to the shaft at this time.
     



    Tighten the power steering gear-to-frame bolts to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm)
     
    Intermediate shaft to the power steering, then secure using the pinch bolt
     
    Shield over the intermediate shaft lower coupling, if equipped
     
    Feed and return hoses to the power steering gear
     

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  3. Bleed the power steering system.
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2002-05 Vehicles
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Position a fluid catch pan under the power steering gear.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    Do not try to separate a steering linkage joint by driving a wedge between the joint and the attached part. Doing this can cause seal damage and premature failure of the part.



    Front tire and wheel assemblies
     
    Outer tie rod retaining nuts
     



    Outer tie rods from the steering knuckles using a suitable steering linkage and tie rod puller
     
    Lower intermediate shaft retaining bolt and shaft from the power steering gear
     
    Steering gear crossmember
     
    Feed and return fluid hoses from the steering gear. Immediately cap or plug all openings to prevent system contamination or excessive fluid loss.
     

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  9. Support the power steering gear.

    Power steering gear mounting bolts, then remove the gear from the vehicle
     

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  11. Loosen the outer tie rod jam nuts, then remove the outer tie rods from the inner tie rods and discard the jam nut.
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To install:

  1. Lubricate the inner tie rod threads with a suitable lubricant before installing the outer tie rod.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    New jam nuts to the outer tie rods
     
    Outer tie rods to the inner tie rods
     
    Power steering gear to the vehicle. Tighten the retaining bolts to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
     

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  5. Remove the support from the power steering gear.

    Power steering hose(s) to the gear. Tighten the retaining bolt to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
     
    Steering gear crossmember
     
    Lower intermediate shaft to the power steering gear. Tighten the retaining bolt to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends to the steering knuckles. Tighten the retaining nuts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
     
    Front tire and wheel assemblies
     

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  7. Remove the drain pan, then lower the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Bleed the power steering system and adjust the front toe as necessary.
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