- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove or disconnect the following:
- Position the steering gear straight ahead by turning the steering wheel until the steering wheel spokes are vertical and pointed to the left.
Scribe a mark on the stub shaft housing that lines up with a mark on the intermediate shaft lower coupling.
Intermediate shaft pinch bolt
- Install the rack and pinion assembly onto the crossmember. The steering gear must be in a straight-ahead position, and the steering wheel spokes must be vertical and pointing to the left. Align the marks on the shafts to ensure proper positioning. Seat the stub shaft into the intermediate shaft.
Install or connect the following:
Bolts and nuts on the steering gear mounting bracket. Tighten the steering gear mounting bracket bolts and nuts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
- On vehicles equipped with a manual transaxle, position the transaxle center bracket in place and install the bolts securing the bracket to the engine and the transaxle. Tighten the transaxle center bracket-to-transaxle bolts and the transaxle center bracket-to-engine bolt to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
On vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle, install the transaxle center bracket.
Crossmember. Tighten the rear crossmember-to-body bolts to 145 ft. lbs. (196 Nm) and the front crossmember-to-body bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Check and adjust the front wheel alignment.
- Refill the power steering system and check for leaks. If leaks are found, correct the cause of the leak and bleed the system.
- Connect the negative battery cable.