Vibe 2006-2007

Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
    NOTE
    The steering column must be in the LOCK position before disconnecting the following components:


    NOTE
    After disconnecting these components, do not move the front tires and wheels. Failure to follow these procedures may cause improper alignment of some components during installation and result in possible damage to the SIR coil.



    Steering column
     
    Steering shaft coupling
     
    Intermediate shaft
     
    Lower steering shaft
     

  2.  
  3. LOCK the steering column and verify the front wheels are in the straight ahead position.
  4.  
  5. Move the silencer pad away from the steering column.
  6.  
  7. Use paint in order to place match marks on the steering shaft coupling and on the intermediate shaft.
  8.  
  9. Loosen the upper coupling bolt.
  10.  
  11. Remove the lower coupling bolt.
  12.  
  13. Remove the steering column hole cover from the bulkhead.
  14.  
  15. Install the Engine Support Fixture.
  16.  
  17. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
  18.  
  19. Remove the engine splash shields.
  20.  
  21. Remove the 2 outer tie rod ends.
  22.  
  23. Place a drain pan under the vehicle in order to collect the fluid from the power steering system.
  24.  
  25. Remove the pressure and return pipes from the steering gear.
  26.  
  27. Remove the bolt and the pipe bracket from the steering gear.
  28.  
  29. Remove the following components together as a unit:

    Steering gear
     
    Intermediate steering shaft
     
    Front suspension crossmember
     
    Trans support
     
    Control arms
     
    Front stabilizer shaft
     

  30.  
  31. Remove the bolt and the rear engine mount insulator from the crossmember.
  32.  
  33. Remove the 3 bolts and the rear engine mount bracket from the crossmember.
  34.  
  35. Use paint in order to place match marks on the intermediate shaft and on the steering gear.
  36.  
  37. Remove the bolt and the intermediate shaft (4).
  38.  
  39. Remove the 4 bolts and the steering gear from the crossmember.
  40.  

To install:

  1. Install the rear engine mount bracket to the crossmember.
  2.  
  3. Install the 3 bolts to the rear engine mount bracket. Tighten to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the rear engine mount insulator to the crossmember.
  6.  
  7. Install the bolt to the rear engine mount insulator. Tighten to 64 ft. lbs. (87 Nm).
  8.  
  9. If you are replacing the steering gear or the intermediate shaft, copy the match marks from the old parts to the same locations on the new parts.
  10.  
  11. Install the steering gear and the 4 bolts to the crossmember. Tighten to 42 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the intermediate shaft to the steering gear. Align the match marks.
  14.  
  15. Install the bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the steering column hole cover to the bulkhead.
  18.  
  19. Install the following components as a unit:

    Steering gear
     
    Intermediate steering shaft
     
    Front suspension crossmember
     
    Trans support
     
    Control arms
     
    Front stabilizer shaft
     

  20.  
  21. Install the 2 outer tie rod ends.
  22.  
  23. Install the pressure and return pipes to the steering gear. Tighten the fittings to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Install the pipe bracket bolt. Tighten to 69 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  26.  
  27. Install the splash shields.
  28.  
  29. Install the front tire and wheel assemblies.
  30.  
  31. Remove the Engine Support Fixture.
  32.  
  33. Align the match marks on the intermediate shaft and on the steering shaft coupling.
  34.  
  35. Install the lower coupling bolt. Tighten to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  36.  
  37. Tighten the upper coupling bolt. Tighten to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  38.  
  39. Place the silencer pad into the correct position.
  40.  
  41. Fill the power steering fluid reservoir.
  42.  
  43. Bleed the power steering system.
  44.  
  45. Inspect the power steering system for leaks. Repair as necessary.
  46.  
  47. Measure the wheel alignment. Adjust as necessary
  48.  

All Wheel Drive Vehicles




NOTE
The steering column must be in the LOCK position before disconnecting the following components:



The steering column
 
The steering shaft coupling
 
The intermediate shaft
 
The lower steering shaft
 


WARNING
After disconnecting these components, do not move the front tires and wheels. Failure to follow these procedures may cause improper alignment of some components during installation and result in possible damage to the SIR coil.

  1. LOCK the steering column and verify the front wheels are in the straight ahead position.
  2.  
  3. Move the silencer pad away from the steering column.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of steering column components

  4.  
  5. Use paint in order to place match marks on the steering shaft coupling (3) and on the steering gear pinion shaft (4).
  6.  
  7. Loosen the upper coupling bolt (7).
  8.  
  9. Remove the lower coupling bolt (6).

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of steering components

  10.  
  11. Remove the steering column hole cover (5) from the bulkhead.
  12.  
  13. Install the Engine Support Fixture.
  14.  
  15. Raise and support the vehicle.
  16.  
  17. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
  18.  
  19. Remove the left engine splash shield.
  20.  
  21. Remove the right engine splash shield.
  22.  
  23. Remove the 2 outer tie rod ends (8, 16).
  24.  
  25. Place a drain pan under the vehicle in order to collect the fluid from the power steering system.
  26.  
  27. Remove the pressure and return pipes (3, 4) from the steering gear.
  28.  
  29. Remove the 2 bolts (1, 2) and the pipe brackets from the steering gear.
  30.  
  31. Remove the following components together as a unit.
  32.  
  33. Remove the following components together as a unit.

    The steering gear
     
    The front suspension crossmember
     
    The trans support
     
    The 2 control arms
     
    The front stabilizer shaft
     

  34.  
  35. Remove the bolt and the rear engine mount insulator from the crossmember.
  36.  
  37. Remove the 3 bolts and the rear engine mount bracket from the crossmember.
  38.  
  39. Remove the 2 bolts (12,13) and the steering gear from the crossmember.
  40.  

To install:

  1. Install the rear engine mount bracket to the crossmember.
  2.  
  3. Install the 3 bolts to the rear engine mount bracket. Tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the rear engine mount insulator to the crossmember.
  6.  
  7. Install the bolt to the rear engine mount insulator. Tighten the bolt to 64 ft. lbs. (87 Nm).
  8.  
  9. If you are replacing the steering gear, copy the match marks from the old parts to the same locations on the new parts.
  10.  
  11. Install the steering gear (11) to the crossmember.
  12.  
  13. Install the 2 bolts (12,13) to the steering gear. Tighten the bolts to 60.5 ft. lbs. (82 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the steering column hole cover (5) to the bulkhead.
  16.  
  17. Install the following components as a unit.

    The steering gear
     
    The front suspension crossmember
     
    The trans support
     
    The 2 control arms
     
    The front stabilizer shaft
     

  18.  
  19. Install the 2 outer tie rod ends (8, 16).
  20.  
  21. Install the pressure and return pipes (3, 4) to the steering gear. Tighten the pipe nuts to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Install the 2 pipe bracket bolts (1, 2). Tighten the bolts to 69 inch lbs (7.8 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Install the left engine splash shield. Install the right engine splash shield.
  26.  
  27. Install the front tire and wheel assemblies.
  28.  
  29. Lower the vehicle.
  30.  
  31. Remove the Engine Support Fixture.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Align the match marks on the intermediate shaft (4) and on the steering shaft coupling (3). Install the lower coupling bolt (6).

  32.  
  33. Align the match marks on the steering gear pinion shaft (4) and on the steering shaft coupling (3).
  34.  
  35. Install the lower coupling bolt (6). Tighten the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  36.  
  37. Tighten the upper coupling bolt (7). Tighten the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  38.  
  39. Place the silencer pad into the correct position.
  40.  
  41. Fill the power steering fluid reservoir.
  42.  
  43. Bleed the power steering system.
  44.  
  45. Inspect the power steering system for leaks. Repair as necessary.
  46.  
  47. Measure the wheel alignment. Adjust as necessary.
  48.  

Front Wheel Drive Models




NOTE
The steering column must be in the LOCK position before disconnecting the following components:



The steering column
 
The steering shaft coupling
 
The intermediate shaft
 
The lower steering shaft
 


WARNING
After disconnecting these components, do not move the front tires and wheels. Failure to follow these procedures may cause improper alignment of some components during installation and result in possible damage to the SIR coil.

  1. LOCK the steering column and verify the front wheels are in the straight ahead position.
  2.  
  3. Move the silencer pad away from the steering column.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Use paint in order to place match marks on the steering shaft coupling (3) and on the intermediate shaft (4). Loosen the upper coupling bolt (7). Remove the lower coupling bolt (6).

  4.  
  5. Use paint in order to place match marks on the steering shaft coupling (3) and on the intermediate shaft (4).
  6.  
  7. Loosen the upper coupling bolt (7).
  8.  
  9. Remove the lower coupling bolt (6).

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of components

  10.  
  11. Remove the steering column hole cover (4) from the bulkhead.
  12.  
  13. Install the Engine Support Fixture.
  14.  
  15. Raise and support the vehicle.
  16.  
  17. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
  18.  
  19. Remove the left engine splash shield.
  20.  
  21. Remove the right engine splash shield.
  22.  
  23. Remove the 2 outer tie rod ends (10,15).
  24.  
  25. Place a drain pan under the vehicle in order to collect the fluid from the power steering system.
  26.  
  27. Remove the pressure and return pipes (2,3) from the steering gear.
  28.  
  29. Remove the bolt and the pipe bracket from the steering gear.
  30.  
  31. Remove the following components together as a unit.

    The steering gear
     
    The intermediate steering shaft
     
    The front suspension crossmember
     
    The trans support
     
    The 2 control arms
     
    The front stabilizer shaft
     

  32.  
  33. Remove the bolt and the rear engine mount insulator from the crossmember.
  34.  
  35. Remove the 3 bolts and the rear engine mount bracket from the crossmember.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of components

  36.  
  37. Use paint in order to place match marks on the intermediate shaft (3) and on the steering gear (2).
  38.  
  39. Remove the bolt (5).
  40.  
  41. Remove the intermediate shaft (4).
  42.  
  43. Remove the 4 bolts and the steering gear from the crossmember.
  44.  

To install:

  1. Install the rear engine mount bracket to the crossmember.
  2.  
  3. Install the 3 bolts to the rear engine mount bracket. Tighten the bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the rear engine mount insulator to the crossmember.
  6.  
  7. Install the bolt to the rear engine mount insulator. Tighten the bolt to 64 ft. lbs. (87 Nm).
  8.  
  9. If you are replacing the steering gear or the intermediate shaft, copy the match marks from the old parts to the same locations on the new parts.
  10.  
  11. Install the steering gear (11) and the 4 bolts (7,12,13,14) to the crossmember. Tighten the bolts to 58 Nm (42.8 lb ft).
  12.  
  13. Install the intermediate shaft (5) to the steering gear. Align the match marks.
  14.  
  15. Install the bolt (6) to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the steering column hole cover (4) to the bulkhead.
  18.  
  19. Install the following components as a unit.

    The steering gear
     
    The intermediate steering shaft
     
    The front suspension crossmember
     
    The trans support
     
    The 2 control arms
     
    The front stabilizer shaft
     

  20.  
  21. Install the 2 outer tie rod ends (10,15).
  22.  
  23. Install the pressure and return pipes (18) to the steering gear. Tighten the pipe nuts to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Install the pipe bracket bolt (1). Tighten the bolt to 69.04 inch lbs (7.8 Nm).
  26.  
  27. Install the left engine splash shield.
  28.  
  29. Install the right engine splash shield.
  30.  
  31. Install the front tire and wheel assemblies.
  32.  
  33. Lower the vehicle.
  34.  
  35. Remove the Engine Support Fixture.
  36.  
  37. Align the match marks on the intermediate shaft (4) and on the steering shaft coupling (3).
  38.  
  39. Install the lower coupling bolt (6). Tighten the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  40.  
  41. Tighten the upper coupling bolt (7). Tighten the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  42.  
  43. Place the silencer pad into the correct position.
  44.  
  45. Fill the power steering fluid reservoir.
  46.  
  47. Bleed the power steering system.
  48.  
  49. Inspect the power steering system for leaks. Repair as necessary.
  50.  
  51. Measure the wheel alignment. Adjust as necessary.
  52.  

 
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