2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser rack replacement

Tiny
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  • 2005 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60,000 MILES
Would like as much info as possible pertaining to replacing the rack and pinion unit on friends car. Is it necessary to drop front suspension and do I have removed lower ball joints. Thanx, Jerry
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Place the steering wheel in the straight ahead position. Using a steering wheel holder, lock the steering wheel in place to keep it from rotating. This keeps the clockspring in the proper orientation.
Remove the silencer pad below the knee blocker panel below the steering column.
Fold down and remove the knee blocker.
Remove the steering column coupling retainer pin, back off the pinch bolt nut, and remove the steering column coupling pinch bolt (the pinch bolt nut is caged to the coupling and is not removable). Separate the upper and lower steering column couplings.
Raise the vehicle.
Remove both front tire and wheel assemblies from the vehicle.
Remove nuts attaching both outer tie rods to the steering knuckles. Remove each nut by holding the tie rod stud stationary while loosening and removing the nut with a crowfoot wrench (or open-end wrench).
Remove the outer tie rods from the steering knuckles using Remover, Special Tool MB991113.
Remove the tie rod heat shields.
On vehicles equipped with a power steering fluid pressure switch, release the locking tab on the wiring harness connector for the power steering fluid pressure switch, then remove the wiring harness connector from the power steering fluid pressure switch.
Back out the tube nut securing the power steering fluid pressure hose to the gear.
Disconnect the cooler or return hose at the power steering gear outlet port fitting.
On vehicles equipped with crossmember mounted power steering fluid coolers:

Remove the cooler tube from the right routing clip. Remove the two screws securing the cooler to the front suspension crossmember.

Allow the cooler to hang out of the way.
Remove the pencil strut from the right front corner of the crossmember and body of the vehicle. Remove the washer behind the strut from the torque strut bolt.
Remove the screws fastening the front fascia to the reinforcement as necessary in order to access the drive belt splash shield forward fastener screw.
Remove the drive belt splash shield fasteners. Remove the shield.
Remove the bolt mounting the engine torque strut to the right forward corner of the front suspension crossmember.
NOTE
Before removing the front suspension crossmember from the vehicle, the location of the crossmember must be scribed on the body of the vehicle. Do this so the crossmember can be relocated, upon reinstallation, against the body of vehicle in the same location as before removal. If the front suspension crossmember is not reinstalled in exactly the same location as before removal, the preset front wheel alignment settings (caster and camber) will be lost.

Using an awl, scribe a line marking the location of where the front suspension crossmember is mounted against the body of the vehicle.
Position a transmission jack under the center of the front suspension crossmember and raise it to support the bottom of the crossmember.
Loosen all six bolts attaching the front suspension crossmember to the frame rails of vehicle. Do not completely remove the two mounting bolts going through the lower control arm rear isolator bushings. They are designed to disengage from the body threads yet stay within the lower control arm rear isolator bushing. Back the two bolts out just enough to disengage the threaded tapping plates in the body of the vehicle. Completely remove the other four bolts.
Lower the front suspension crossmember using the transmission jack enough to allow the power steering gear to be removed from the rear of the crossmember. When lowering front suspension crossmember, do not let crossmember hang from lower control arms. The weight should be supported by the transmission jack.
Remove the roll pin securing the steering column lower coupling to the power steering gear pinion shaft using a roll pin punch. Push the steering column lower coupling up and off of the power steering gear pinion shaft.
Release the pinion shaft dash cover seal from the tabs cast into the power steering gear housing and remove the seal from the power steering gear.
Loosen and remove the four bolts attaching the power steering gear to the front suspension crossmember. Remove the power steering gear from the front suspension crossmember.
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