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Intermediate Steering Shaft Replacement Removal Procedure Important: The steering column lever MUST be in the LOCK (FULL UP) position before disconnecting the following components: ^ The steering column ^ The intermediate steering shaft Important: The wheels on the vehicle must be straight ahead before disconnecting the steering column or intermediate shaft. Do NOT rotate the steering column after disconnecting the steering column or intermediate shaft. Doing so will cause the SIR coil assembly to become uncentered, which may cause damage to the coil assembly. 1. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting. 2. Remove the left front tire. 3. Remove the intermediate shaft to steering gear pinch bolt. Discard the bolt. 4. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from the steering gear. 5. Lower the vehicle. 6. Remove the intermediate shaft pinch bolt at the steering column shaft. Discard the pinch bolt. 7. Slide the intermediate shaft off the steering column shaft. 8. To unseat the intermediate shaft seal from the dash, squeeze the 4 tabs on the seal individually, then pull towards the inside of the vehicle. 9. Remove the intermediate shaft/seal from the vehicle.Installation Procedure 1. Install the intermediate shaft/seal through the front of dash. Important: To ensure seal is properly seated, inspect the 4 tabs on the seal from the engine side of the seal. Do NOT twist or squeeze the seal during installation. 2. Seat the intermediate shaft seal by pushing forward from the inside of the vehicle, until all four tabs of the seal are fully seated. 3. Connect the new intermediate shaft to the steering column shaft. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions. 4. Install the new steering column pinch bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the bolt to 49 Nm (36 ft. lbs.). 5. Connect the intermediate shaft to the steering gear shaft. 6. Install the new steering gear pinch bolt to the intermediate shaft. Tighten the bolt to 49 Nm (36 ft. lbs.). 7. Install the left front wheel.