Adjustments to the power steering gear/rack and pinion are not necessary during normal service. They are preformed only as part of overhaul.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Remove the intermediate shaft cover.
- Loosen the upper pinch bolt and remove the lower pinch bolt.
- Place a drain pan below the power steering rack assembly. Clean the area around the line fittings on the rack.
- Loosen the front wheel lug nuts.
- Safely elevate and support the vehicle.
- Remove the front wheels.
- Remove the cotter pins and nuts from both tie rod joints. Separate the joints from the knuckle using a tie rod joint separator.
- Support the transaxle with a jack.
- Remove the rear bolts holding the engine crossmember to the body.
- Remove the nut and bolt holding the rear engine mount to the mount bracket.
- Label and disconnect the fluid pressure and return lines at the rack.
- Remove the bolts and nuts holding the rack brackets to the body. It will be necessary to slightly raise and lower the rear of the transaxle to gain access to the bolts.
- Remove the rack through the access hole.
- When reinstalling, place the rack in position through the access hole and install the retaining brackets to the body. Tighten the nuts and bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
- Connect the fluid lines. Always start the threads by hand before using a tool to the rack.
- Install the nut and bolt holding the rear engine mount to the mount bracket.
- Reinstall the engine crossmember bolts and tighten.
- Remove the jack from the transaxle.
- Connect the tie rod ends to the knuckles. Tighten the nuts and install new cotter pins.
- Install the wheels and lower the vehicle to the ground.
- Connect the intermediate shaft to the steering rack. Tighten all necessary connections. Install the intermediate shaft cover.
- Add fluid and bleed the system.
- Have the alignment checked and adjusted at a reliable repair facility.