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    Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

    Power Steering Rack

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    See Figures 1, 2 and 3

    1. Raise the vehicle and support it safely.
    2.  
    3. Remove the steering shaft joint cover and disconnect the steering shaft at the coupling.
    4.  
    5. Drain the power steering fluid by disconnecting the gearbox return hose at the reservoir. Plug the reservoir port and place the end of the hose in a container. Start the engine, running it while turning the steering wheel lock-to-lock. When the fluid stops draining, switch the engine off immediately. Remove the plug and reinstall the hose.
    6.  
    7. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, properly disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as detailed in Chassis Electrical .
    8.  
    9. Remove the gearbox shield.
    10.  
    11. Remove the front wheels.
    12.  
    13. Remove the castle nuts securing the tie rods to the knuckles. Using a ball joint separator, disconnect the tie rods from the knuckles.
    14.  
    15. If equipped with a manual transaxle, remove the shift extension from the transaxle case. Disconnect the gear shift rod from the transaxle case by removing the 8mm bolt.
    16.  
    17. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, remove the control cable clamp.
    18.  
    19. Remove the center beam.
    20.  
    21. On Preludes through 1991 with 4-Wheel Steering (4WS), separate the joint guard cap and the joint guard. Remove the joint bolt from the driven pinion side. Remove the joint bolt from the center steering shaft side, then slide the joint back to disconnect it from the driven pinion.
    22.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: On Preludes through 1991 with 4WS, disconnect the rear steering shaft at the front joint

    1. Remove the exhaust header pipe.
    2.  
    3. Label and disconnect the hydraulic lines at the steering control unit. The 4 nuts are of three different sizes, 12 mm, 14mm and 17mm; use flare-nut wrenches.
    4.  



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Use flare-nut wrenches to disconnect the lines

    1. On Preludes, remove the mounting bolts and lower the front sway bar.
    2.  
    3. Shift the tie rods so they are simulating a left turn.
    4.  
    5. Remove the gearbox mounting bolts.
    6.  
    7. Slide the gearbox right until the left tie rod clears the bottom of the rear beam. Remove the gearbox.
    8.  



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    Fig. Fig. 3: Slide the gearbox to the right until the left tie rod clears the bottom of the rear beam, then remove the assembly

    To install:
    1. Position the gear box in the vehicle and torque the clamp bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm) on 1986-89 Accord and 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm) on all others.
    2.  
    3. On Preludes, install the sway bar.
    4.  
    5. Connect the hydraulic lines and the exhaust pipe.
    6.  
    7. Connect the shift linkage.
    8.  
    9. Connect the tie rod ends to the steering knuckles. Tighten the nuts to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
    10.  
    11. Connect the steering shaft coupling and tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
    12.  
    13. Fill the reservoir with fluid. Do not fill the reservoir above the FULL mark.
    14.  
    15. Properly enable the SRS system, if equipped, and connect the negative battery cable.
    16.  

    Remember that your Honda uses only Honda power steering fluid. Substitution of other fluids may damage the system

    1. Bleed the air from the system. After refilling the reservoir, start the engine and run it at fast idle while turning the steering wheel lock-to-lock several times. Check the fluid level and top it as necessary.
    2.  

    ADJUSTMENT



    A steering gearbox locknut wrench such as Honda tool 07916-SA50001, or its equivalent, is required.

    Accord

    See Figure 4

    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    2.  
    3. Remove the steering gear splash shield, if equipped.
    4.  
    5. Loosen the rack guide adjusting locknut.
    6.  
    7. Tighten the adjusting screw until it compresses the spring and seats against the guide, then loosen it. Retorque it to 35 inch lbs. (4 Nm), then back it off about 25 degrees on 1986-89 Accords or about 35 degrees on 1990-95 Accords.
    8.  



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    Fig. Fig. 4: Adjusting the steering rack on Accords

    1. Hold it in that position while tightening the locknut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Move the wheel lock-to-lock to make sure the rack moves freely.
    4.  
    5. Lower the vehicle.
    6.  

    Prelude
    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the rack guide adjusting locknut.
    4.  
    5. Tighten the adjusting screw until it compresses the spring and seats against the guide, then loosen it. Retorque it to 24 inch lbs. (3 Nm), then back it off 20-30 degrees on models through 1990 or 15-25 degrees on 1990-95 vehicles. On 2-wheel steering vehicles, retighten the screw to 24 inch lbs. (3 Nm), then tighten the locknut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). On 4WS cars, back the adjuster off about 30-40 degrees, retighten it to 24 inch lbs. (3 Nm) and secure the locknut.
    6.  
    7. Move the steering wheel lock-to-lock to make sure the rack moves freely.
    8.  
    9. Lower the vehicle.
    10.  

     
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