REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the reservoir fill cap.
- Raise the front of the vehicle and support it safely using jackstands. Make sure the vehicle is raised sufficiently to allow both undervehicle and underhood access.
- Place a clean container under the power steering hoses, then remove the hoses from the steering gear and allow the system to drain.
Once the hoses have been removed from the steering gear, do not rotate the steering wheel, or additional fluid will be forced from the gear, creating even more of a mess.
- Use a box end wrench to relieve spring tension from the accessory drive belt tensioner and remove the belt from the steering pump pulley.
- For DOHC engines, remove the pump-to-intake manifold and pump-to-engine fasteners and bracket.
- Remove the 3 pump bracket-to-block bolts and raise the pump far enough to unplug the electrical connector from the pump's Electronic Variable Orifice (EVO) solenoid, if equipped.
- Remove the pump, with the hoses connected, from the vehicle. If necessary, remove the pressure and return hoses from the pump.
- If removed, replace the O-ring seals and install the pressure and return hoses. Tighten the fittings to 20 ft. lbs. (27.5 Nm).
- Position the pump to the block and connect the wiring harness to the EVO solenoid. Install the 3 pump retaining bolts and tighten to 22-28 ft. lbs. (30-38 Nm).
- For DOHC engines, install the pump-to-intake and pump-to-block brackets and fasteners. Tighten the fasteners to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
- Connect the pressure and return hoses to the steering gear, then tighten the fittings to 20 ft. lbs. (27.5 Nm). Route the return hose, then the pressure hose into the retaining clip.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Fill the power steering reservoir with clean fluid.
- Install the serpentine drive belt to the steering pump pulley.
- Connect the negative battery cable and bleed the power steering system.
- Fill the reservoir with the recommended fluid to the FULL mark. refer to General Information & Maintenance for details.
- Raise the front of the vehicle just sufficiently so that the drive wheels are off the ground, then safely support the vehicle using jackstands.
- Bleed the system by turning the wheels from side-to-side without hitting the stops. It may take several cycles to bleed the system.
Maintain the reservoir at the FULL mark during this procedure.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Start the engine and, with the transaxle in P (A/T) or N (M/T), check the fluid level with the engine idling. If necessary, add fluid to bring the level to the FULL mark.
- Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation. Recheck the fluid level and make sure it is at or slightly above the FULL mark after the system has stabilized at normal operating temperature.