Sentra 1998

Removal & Installation


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Low pressure hose clamp
    Low pressure hose at the steering gear. Be sure to use a pan to catch the fluid.
    Flare nut and the high pressure tube at the steering gear, then drain the fluid from the gear
    Tie rod ends from the steering knuckle

  5. Place a floor jack under the transaxle and support it.

    Front exhaust pipe and the rear engine mount

  7. Position the front wheels so they are pointing straight ahead.
  9. Matchmark the steering column lower joint to the steering gear.
    The steering gear splines have a flat spot or keyway. Be sure to note this during removal.

  11. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Bolt that secures steering column lower joint
    Bolts, steering gear unit and the linkage


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    Be sure to align the flat spot or keyway during installation.

    Power steering gear assembly to the vehicle. Align the steering column to the steering gear.

    Steering gear mounts and torque the bolts in sequence to 54-72 ft. lbs. (73-97 Nm)

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    Fig. Tighten the power steering gear mounting bolts according to the sequence shown-Sentra

    Pinch bolt for the steering column-to-gear connection and torque the bolt to 17-22 ft. lbs. (24-29 Nm)
    Tie rod ends to the steering knuckle and torque the nut to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm). Tighten the tie rod mounting nut further so the groves in the nut align with first cotter pin hole. Install a new cotter pin.
    Power steering low pressure hose and torque the fitting to 20-29 ft. lbs. (27-39 Nm)
    Power steering high pressure and torque the fitting to 11-18 ft. lbs. (15-25 Nm)
    Rear engine mount and remove the floor jack
    Front exhaust pipe assembly using new gaskets

  3. Fill the power steering system and start the engine.
  5. Check the wheel alignment.