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3.5L DISCONNECT STEERING GEAR SPLINE FROM STEERING COULUM.

2002 Nissan Altima • 150,000 miles

I have a 2002 Altima and I’m replacing the steering gear. I have everything ready to remove but I’m unable to disconnect the steering gear from the steering column. I have removed the lower joint pinch bolt. I can’t raise the steering gear high enough to get it out of the mounting bracket on the driver’s side but the right side does. I put a different bolt into the bracket replacing the pinch bolt and used an air hammer on the bolt so I believe it should be lose. With the rack bolted down and using a punch I can’t get it to slide up at all, I have used penetrating oil several times. I guess my question should it have enough travel room for it to slide off with the rack bolted down. Any other suggestions? Thanks, Phil
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Pprince72
November 28, 2011.



REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Fig. 22: Removing/Installing Power Steering Assembly & Torque Specifications
Courtesy of NISSAN MOTOR CO, U.S.A.
REMOVAL
CAUTION: The rotation of the driver air bag spiral cable is limited. If the
steering gear must be removed, set the front wheels in the
straight-ahead direction. Do not rotate the steering column while
the steering gear is removed.

Remove the steering wheel and spiral cable before removing the
steering lower joint to avoid damaging the SRS spiral cable.

1. Remove the two front tires with power tool.
2. Disconnect the outer tie-rod ends with Tool.
3. Disconnect the outer swaybar ends with power tool.
Fig. 23: Disconnecting Outer Tie-Rod Ends With Tool
Courtesy of NISSAN MOTOR CO, U.S.A.
4. Remove the swaybar bracket rear bolts and loosen the front bolts with power tool.
Fig. 24: Removing Swaybar Bracket Rear Bolts & Torque Specifications
Courtesy of NISSAN MOTOR CO, U.S.A.
5. Remove the lower joint pinch bolt.
Fig. 25: Removing Lower Joint Pinch Bolt & Torque Specifications
Courtesy of NISSAN MOTOR CO, U.S.A.
6. Disconnect the power steering high and low pressure lines from the steering gear.
7. Reposition the swaybar up and out of the way.
8. Remove the two steering gear mounting bolts.
• Do not remove the steering gear mounting bracket from the gear housing.
9. Remove the power steering gear and linkage assembly.
Fig. 26: Removing Steering Gear Mounting Bolts & Torque Specifications
Courtesy of NISSAN MOTOR CO, U.S.A.
10.. Installation is in the reverse order of removal.
• Install pipe connector.
Use the specified tightening torque when installing the high-pressure and low-pressure
pipe connections. Excessive tightening will damage threads of connection or O-ring.

POWER STEERING SYSTEM -2002 Nissan Altima SE Page 1 of 2
11/27/2011
Fig. 27: Installing Pipe Connector & Torque Specifications
Courtesy of NISSAN MOTOR CO, U.S.A.
The O-ring in low-pressure pipe connector is larger than that in high-pressure connector.
Take care to install the proper O-ring.

Initially, tighten nut on tie-rod outer socket and knuckle arm to specification. Then
tighten further to align nut groove with first pin hole so that the cotter pin can be
installed.

Outer tie rod grooved nut : 29 - 39 N.M (3 - 4 kg-m, 22 - 29 ft-lb)
CAUTION: Tightening torque must not exceed 49 N.M (5 kg-m, 36 ft-lb).


Rivermikerat
Nov 28, 2011.
I stopped at my local Nissan dealer and asked about the steering wheel and they told me if the steering wheel wasn’t turned I didn’t have to do that step. If I remove the steering wheel I don’t see how it would give me more room to disconnect the part.


Tiny
Pprince72
Nov 28, 2011.
Have you tried spreading the clamp on the steering shaft to steering gear input where the pinch bolt goes?


Rivermikerat
Nov 28, 2011.
Yes I have but I'll have to look at it again. Thanks


Tiny
Pprince72
Nov 28, 2011.
Ok. Let us know.


Rivermikerat
Nov 28, 2011.
I have this same problem, the shaft inside the car is soposed to slide up the splines but it is not moving I got the joint at the gear to move but it only moves to far and then stops how do you get the slip shaft in the car to move up the shaft


Tiny
95weclipse
Mar 10, 2012.
Only moves so far*


Tiny
95weclipse
Mar 10, 2012.
Lubrication and patience. It sounds like they've frozen together.


Rivermikerat
Mar 11, 2012.