Great, thanks for that info.
Below are removal/installation procedures for your rack and pinion.
Remove the air cleaner and duct assembly.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Install tools J 28467-A, J 28467-90 and J 36462, or equivalent engine support fixtures.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove the left wheel and tire assembly.
Loosen the right side engine splash shield.
Remove both tie rod ends from the knuckle using a tie rod puller tool J-35917 or equivalent.
CAUTION: Failure to disconnect the intermediate shaft from the rack and pinion stub shaft may result in damage to the steering gear. This damage may cause a loss of steering control and may cause personal injury.
Remove the intermediate shaft lower pinch bolt at the steering gear (end of the steering column shaft).
WARNING: Set the steering shaft so the block tooth on the upper steering shaft is at the 12 o'clock position, wheels on the vehicle are straight ahead and set the ignition switch to the LOCK position. Failure to follow these procedures could result in damage to the coil assembly.
Detach the electrical connection from the steering gear pressure switch.
Remove the exhaust pipe and catalytic converter assembly.
Using jackstands, securely support the frame. Unfasten the frame retaining bolts, then carefully lower the frame 3 in. (76mm).
Unfasten the steering gear heat shield screws, then remove the heat shield.
Remove the power steering line clamp from the steering gear.
Unfasten the steering gear bolts.
Disconnect and plug the pressure and return lines from the steering gear.
Remove the steering gear through the left wheel opening.
Replace the stud shaft shields.
Install the rack assembly through the left wheel opening.
Unplug and connect the pressure and return lines to the steering gear.
Install the steering gear bolts and tighten to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
Fasten the power steering line clamp at the steering gear.
Install the steering gear heat shield and secure with the retaining screws. Tighten the screws to 54 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
Raise the frame assembly and align the steering gear stub shaft to the intermediate steering shaft.
Install the frame retaining bolts and tighten to 125 ft. lbs. (170 Nm). Remove the jackstands supporting the frame.
Install the exhaust pipe and catalytic converter assembly.
Attach the electrical connection to the steering gear pressure switch.
WARNING: When installing the steering column to the intermediate shaft, make sure that the shaft is seated before pinch bolt installation. If the bolt is inserted into the coupling before shaft installation, the two mating shafts may disengage. Set the steering shaft so the block tooth on the upper steering shaft is at the 12 o'clock position, wheels on the vehicle are straight ahead and set the ignition switch to the LOCK position. Failure to follow these procedures could result in damage to the coil assembly.
Install the intermediate steering shaft pinch bolt at the steering gear. Tighten the bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
Install the both tie rod ends, as outlined earlier in this section.
Tighten the right side engine splash shield.
Install the left tire and wheel assembly.
Carefully lower the vehicle.
Remove the engine support fixtures. Connect the negative battery cable, then install the air cleaner and duct assembly.
Bleed the power steering system then make adjustments by doing the following.
Make the adjustment with the front wheels raised and centered. Make sure to check the returnability of the steering wheel to center after the adjustment.
((Rack bearing preload adjustment))
Loosen the adjuster plug locknut and turn the adjuster plug clockwise until it bottoms in the housing, then back OFF 50 to 70 degrees (about one flat).
Tighten the locknut on the adjuster plug. Hold the adjuster plug in place while tightening.
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 AT 11:05 AM