Suzuki Forenza, Reno 2003-06

Removal & Installation


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
    Power steering gear fluid outlet pipe. Place a drain pan under the steering gear to catch the power steering fluid.
    Power steering gear fluid inlet pipe

  9. Position the steering gear straight ahead by turning the steering wheel until the steering wheel spokes are vertical and pointed to the left.
  11. Scribe a mark on the stub shaft housing that lines up with a mark on the intermediate shaft lower coupling.

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    Fig. Location of intermediate shaft pinch bolt and power steering gear fluid inlet and outlet pipes-Forenza/&Reno

    Intermediate shaft pinch bolt
    Outer tie rod nuts
    Tie rod ends from strut assembly using ball joint remover KM-507-B
    Crossmember assembly
    Transaxle center bracket (automatic transaxle)
    Bolts securing transaxle center bracket to transaxle and engine and move center bracket out of the way (manual transaxle)

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    Fig. Power steering gear mounting bracket nuts and bolts-Forenza/Reno

    Nuts and bolts from the steering gear mounting bracket
    Return line from the clip on the crossmember
    Rack and pinion assembly from crossmember assembly


To install:

  1. 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.
  3. 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).
    Return line into clip on the crossmember and tighten to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm)

  5. 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).
  7. 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).
    Tie rod ends to strut assembly
    Outer tie rod nuts and tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
    Lower intermediate shaft pinch bolt and tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm)
    Power steering gear fluid inlet and outlet pipes and tighten the pipe fittings to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm)
    Front wheels

  9. Lower the vehicle.
  11. Check and adjust the front wheel alignment.
  13. Refill the power steering system and check for leaks. If leaks are found, correct the cause of the leak and bleed the system.
  15. Connect the negative battery cable.