Servicing The Steering System
Note: Always refer to the appropriate model year Subaru Service Manual and follow the procedure for removal of the SRS airbag module prior to any repair and servicing or removal of the steering wheel and steering column from all airbag-equipped Subaru vehicles.
Column Removal Precautions
• Reference service manual Section 4-3 for rigid column and tilt column servicing procedures.
• Always disconnect the U-bolt joint before loosening the column mounting bolts.
• Disconnect the wiring harness connectors before removing column.
• Install a 8 mm x 16 mm lock bolt to secure XT column.
• Remove the XT column carefully to avoid damaging meter and instrument panel.
• For proper steering wheel alignment, center the front wheels and scribe an alignment mark between the steering wheel hub and the shaft, prior to disassembly. When removing the steering column, always observe the precautions listed above.
Gearbox Servicing Precautions
• Crimp the pipes.
• Scratch the rack or cylinder.
• Clog the air passages.
• Lubricate the seals/bushings.
• Install the seal lips toward the pressure area.
• Use the correct special tools.
Follow the above precautions when servicing the steering gearbox. For detailed instructions on steering rack overhaul, refer to the appropriate model year service manual.
Airbag Steering Column Installation Precautions:
• Reference all airbag-equipped vehicles.
• Review the roll connector phasing procedures listed in the appropriate model year service manual, Section 4-3.
• The roll connector must be phased to the steering system only when the front wheels are centered.
• Align the inner center indicator on the rotating cover (next to window) with the arrow on the connector case.
• Complete the following alignment adjustments when the inner indicator in the window shows: —1R – rotate cover one full rotation to the right —2R – rotate cover two rotations to the right —1L – rotate cover one full rotation to the left —2L – rotate cover two rotations to the left
• Use the guide pins to align the roll connector with the steering wheel.