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Old 04-10-07, 06:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't post this in DIY section... I'm NOT allowed, so here goes!

If I can do it, anybody can do it… I believe the key to a successful DIY’er is to have proper set of tools. Please protect yourself at all times and use some precautions when you crawl under any vehicle.

Safety equipment:

Floor jack
Jack stands
Wheel chocks
Oil drip pan
Creeper (card board will do)
Disposable rags
Knee pads
Safety glasses
Latex gloves (it’s going be messy)


Basic hand tools required:

Medium size needle nose pliers
Medium size wire cutter
” drive torque wrench (or a breaker bar)
” drive 19mm deep socket
3/8” drive ratchet
3/8” drive 6” extension
3/8” drive sockets; 17mm, 14mm and 10mm
Wrench; 19mm, 17mm, 14mm, 12mm and 10mm
Medium and small size adjustable wrench (as an option)
Tie rod ends removal or equivalent
Rubber mallet


Prep work:

1)Place wheel chocks in front and back of one of the rear tire.
2)Pop the hood up and open power steering reservoir (helps relieve the fluid out)
3)Loosen front wheels by using ” drive 19mm deep socket and a torque wrench (or a breaker bar).
4)Raise the front end and safely support the vehicle.
5)Remove wheels out and let the fun begin.


Removal sequence prior to the steering rack; work on one side first (same steps and procedures applies for the other side)

( I ) Tie rod end removal from the steering knuckle:

a)Unbend the two ends of the cutter pin with a needle nose pliers, pinch the opposite end and pull it out (wire cutter is more effective).
b)Unscrew the tie rod end ball joint castle nut halfway.
c)Break tie rod end ball joint loose using a tie rod end removal tool or equivalent.
d)Remove the castle nut and lift the tie rod end out from the steering knuckle.


( II ) Tie rod end removal from the inner tie rod:

a)Use 19mm wrench for the locking nut.
b)Use 17mm wrench for the tie rod end.
c)Place both wrench opposing each other (not too far apart).
d)Squeeze both wrenches to free up locking nut.
e)Unscrew tie rod end.


( III ) Inner tie rod removal from the steering rack:

a)Use 19mm wrench and securely place on notched lock washer.
b)Tap slightly with a rubber mallet to break it loose.
c)Unscrew inner tie rod.


( IV ) Steering rack removal:

a)Remove center beam bolts (8 total) and the beam, use 3/8” drive ratchet, 14mm socket and the 6” extension.
b)Remove gearbox shield bolts (4 total) and the shield to expose the rack, use 3/8” drive ratchet, 10mm socket and the 6” extension.
c)Place a drip pan underneath the gearbox, disconnect the 4 lines from the control unit and let it drip out for a few minutes (I’d use a small adjustable wrench).
d)Use plastic wrap to protect them lines from dirt or debris.
e)Remove rack mounting bolts (4 total) and holders, use 3/8” drive ratchet, 14mm socket and the 6” extension.
f)To expose the steering joint cover, you’d need to pull down the carpeting on the driver side foot well.
g)Unscrew the 3 flat and round plastic tabs and remove the cover.
h)Remove the steering joint bolt (bottom), use a 10mm wrench.
i)Once removed, cover gearbox with disposable rag to prevent squirting of power steering fluid all over the place.
j)For more maneuverability, slide the rack all the way to the right side.
k)Slide gearbox to the right and maneuver slowly to remove.

Oh, I almost forgot... to install, reverse the removal procedure!

I apologize for not having images attach along with the descriptions, the digicam I use to snap photos with was taken along for a spring break vacation by my daughter. I will revise this DIY with pictures as soon as she gets back, sorry for any inconvenience.
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Very thorough, pnoye!
Can't wait until you have corresponding pictures for this.
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Nice work.
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Thanks Ferjie! Great work as always!

BTW Ive copied it to the DIY section...
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Did you have a problem with your steering wheel not being straight when you finished the install ??
because my steering wheel will not get straight and I dont know what to do
or how to fix it =///
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Did you have a problem with your steering wheel not being straight when you finished the install ??
because my steering wheel will not get straight and I dont know what to do
or how to fix it.
^^^ This can be easily address by disconnecting/removing the steering joint then re-position steering wheel to NORMAL location.

Very important pre-cautionary measure: Avoid over turning the steering wheel... doing so WILL compromise ALL convenience functions such as CC, horns, etc., etc.

PM me if you'd need further assistance on this issue... goodluck my friend
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