Steering Lower Shaft Removal and Installation
Never turn steering wheel while steering shaft lower joint is removed.
Should it have been turned and contact coil (on combination switch) have got out of its centered position, it needs to be centered again. Also, turning steering wheel more than about two and a half turns will break contact coil.
1) Turn steering wheel so that vehicle’s front tires are at straight-ahead position.
2) Turn ignition switch to LOCK position and remove key.
3) Make alignment marks (3) on lower shaft (2) and shaft (column side) (1) and lower shaft (2) and gear box shaft (gear box side) (4) for a guide during reinstallation.
4) Remove lower shaft joint bolts.
5) Remove steering lower shaft.
1) Be sure that front wheels and steering wheel are in straight-forward state.
2) Insert lower joint into shaft of steering column with matching marks (3).
3) Align flat part “A” of steering gear box shaft (4) with bolt hole “B” of lower shaft joint as shown. Then insert lower shaft joint into steering gear box shaft (4) with matching marks (3).
4) Tighten shaft joint bolt (column side) to specified torque first and then shaft joint bolt (gear box shaft side) to specified torque.
Tightening torque
Steering shaft joint bolt ( a ): 25 N·m ( 2.5 kg-m, 18.0 lb-ft)
1. Steering column assembly 2. Steering lower shaft