Sebring 2006

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The ground cable is equipped with an insulator grommet which should be placed on the stud to prevent the negative battery cable from accidentally grounding.


    NOTE
    Before removing the front suspension crossmember from the vehicle, scribe the front suspension crossmember and the vehicle body. This must be done to retain the proper alignment.



    The negative battery cable from the left shock tower
     



    The intermediate shaft coupler pin bolt retaining pin
     
    The intermediate shaft coupler pin bolt
     
    The front wheels
     
    The tie rod ends by holding the tie rod end stud with a 11 / 32 inch socket and loosen the retaining nut
     
    The tie rod end from the steering knuckle
     

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  5. Scribe a line on the body and on the crossmember on all 4 sides.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    The stabilizer
     
    If equipped with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), remove the 3 anti-lock brake controller-to-crossmember bolts and secure the ABS to the chassis
     
    The strut clevis from the lower control arm
     
    Both engine support bracket-to-crossmember bolts
     
    The engine support bracket-to-transaxle mounting bracket bolt
     

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  9. Place a lifting device under the front suspension crossmember.
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  11. Remove the 8 crossmember-to-chassis bolts
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  13. Lower the lifting device enough to gain access to the steering rack.
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  15. Remove or disconnect the following:

    The power steering lines and drain the fluid
     
    The power steering pressure switch electrical connector
     
    The solenoid control module electrical connector, if equipped with speed proportional steering
     
    Both steering rack isolator bolts
     
    Both steering rack saddle bracket bolts
     
    The steering rack

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    Fig. Steering gear rear mounting bolt location



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    Fig. Steering gear front mounting bolt location



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    Fig. Check the condition of the isolator-if worn or oil soaked, replace

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    The steering rack
     
    The isolator and saddle bracket and torque the bolts to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm)
     
    The power steering pressure and return lines and torque the lines to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm)
     
    The crossmember, install the rear bolts first and torque the bolts to 20 inch lbs. (2 Nm)
     

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  3. Using a soft faced hammer, tap the crossmember into position.
    NOTE
    Be sure to align the scribed marks on the crossmember.

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  5. Install or connect the following:

    The crossmember, starting with the rear bolts and torque the bolts to 120 ft. lbs. (163 Nm)
     
    Both engine support bracket-to-crossmember bolts
     
    The engine support bracket to transaxle bracket bolt and torque the 3 bolts to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm)
     
    The power steering pressure switch
     
    The ABS control unit and torque the bolts to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm)
     
    The heat shield on the tie rod ends
     
    The shock clevis to the lower control arm
     
    The tie rod ends and torque the nuts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm)
     
    Both stabilizer clamps
     
    The strut clevis bolt and torque the bolt to 68 ft. lbs. (92 Nm)
     
    The wheels and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)
     
    The intermediate shaft pin bolt and retaining pin and torque the pin bolt to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm)
     
    The negative battery cable
     

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  7. Refill the power steering system with the appropriate fluid to the proper level.
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  9. Start the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes.
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  11. Shut OFF the engine and check the power steering fluid level.
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  13. Add power steering fluid if necessary.
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  15. Raise the front wheels off the ground.
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  17. Start the engine and turn the wheel from stop-to-stop to bleed any air from the system.
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  19. Check the fluid level and add, if necessary.
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  21. Check and adjust the alignment as necessary.
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