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I recently had the sway bar, inner and outer tie rod ends, camber kits installed, and now the power steering does not work. any suggestions?

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  • lovelovekm Jan 18, 2009

    I replaced inner & outer tire rod end now the power steering not working

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I removed all the bolts and linkage holding the sway bar on. But due to the cures on the ends of the bar I can't get it out from under the car. Do I need to remove one end of the aluminum frame in order to get the old bar out and the new one in?

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Is the belt ok? That is, is the pump pulley is turning? Is the pump fluid up to the mark? Check when warm. If it has a leak you should hear it moaning; don't continue to drive it if it's dry, you'll wreck the pump. If there's room in the pump go for the cheap fix first and throw in a can of steering conditioner from any auto parts store. After checking that out it's possible that the steering rack is bad,. that's a few hundred bucks so get 2-3 estimates. Keep the faith.

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2) Remove the front wheel/tire assembly.

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4) Loosen the outer tie rod end locking nut 1/8 turn.

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SPECIAL SERVICE TOOL(S) REQUIRED Tool Number Description T94T-6000-AH Exhaust Connector Holder Tool T57L-500-B Bench Mounted Holding Fixture
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  1. Loosen RH tie-rod jam nut. Remove cotter pin and tie-rod retaining nut at lower control arm. Using tie-rod end separator or equivalent, remove tie-rod from control arm and from steering gear.
  1. Raise vehicle.
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  1. Install Exhaust Connector Holder Tool T94T-6000-AH on flex tube.
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  1. Position rack and pinion steering gear so several steering gear teeth are exposed. Hold steering gear with adjustable wrench on end teeth only, while loosening inner tie-rods. Remove tie-rods from steering rack. Remove steering rack from bench-mounted holding fixture.
Installation
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  1. Install new inner and outer bellows clamps.
  1. Remove steering gear from Bench Mounted Holding Fixture and place on bench.
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  1. Install steering gear retaining bolts in steering gear housing and install short rack through LH wheel well.
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  1. Partially lower vehicle.
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  1. Install LH stabilizer bar link and retaining nut. Tighten to 76.5-103.5 Nm (57-76 lb-ft).
  1. Install RH jam nut and outer tie-rod to inner tie-rod. Install tie-rod to steering knuckle. Install retaining nut. Tighten to 47-63 Nm (35-46 lb-ft). Install new cotter pin.
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  1. Lower vehicle.
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  1. Install power steering pressure hose and return hose to fittings on power steering short rack. Tighten to 33-41 Nm (24-30 lb-ft).
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  1. Connect rear HO2S connectors, power steering auxiliary actuator, and power steering pressure switch electrical connectors.
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