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Bulletin Title: #03062 - Product Safety - Power Steering Gear Lower Pinion Bearing Separation - (Jan 29, 2004)
Bulletin Type: Campaign
Bulletin Category: Safety
Applies To: Power Steering

#03062 - Product Safety - Power Steering Gear Lower Pinion Bearing Separation - (Jan 29, 2004)

Subject:
03062 — Power Steering Gear Lower Pinion Bearing Separation
Models:
1996–1998 Buick Regal
1997–1998 Chevrolet Lumina, Malibu, Monte Carlo
1997–1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1996–1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue
1996 Pontiac Grand Prix
Condition

Genera...

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Document Title: #03062 - Product Safety - Power Steering Gear Lower Pinion Bearing Separation - (Jan 29, 2004)

subject

power

steering

gear

lower

pinion

bearing

buick

regal

chevrolet

lumina

malibu

monte

carlo

oldsmobile

cutlass

supreme

intrigue

pontiac

grand

prix

motor

vehicle

safety

certain

condition

assist

making

turns

normal

right

cases

result

inspect

replace

rack

assembly

year

division

model

from

important

system

recall

involved

complete

identification

number

customer

name

address

data

information

furnished

program

dealer

receiving

listing

bulletin

currently

obtained

purpose

required

shipped

open

additional

general

service

gmspo

your

order

special

part

have

tool

charge

contacting

procedure

inspection

applicable

need

performed

design

perform

time

housing

listed

rear

mounting

proceed

appropriate

ensure

previously

repaired

installed

apply

assistance

center

reimbursement

following

completely

removing

requiredj

remover

linkage

puller

hood

raise

suitable

hoist

support

remove

tire

wheel

engine

cradle

attaching

partially

bolt

intermediate

shaft

access

equipped

that

attach

heat

shield

attaches

outer

knuckle

using

equivalent

brackets

reposition

dust

figure

watch

loose

ball

separated

inner

races

found

section

titled

replacement

described

adjuster

plug

lock

notice

failure

damage

removal

loosen

stub

teeth

occur

holding

retaining

reuse

snap

ring

retainer

removed

small

piece

wire

keeps

evenly

spaced

inside

pick

after

groups

four

separate

legged

insert

legs

openings

with

forcing

screw

into

tighten

bottoms

wrench

quantity

lubrication

multi

grease

fluid

bore

over

thread

facing

outwards

place

installer

included

lightly

hammer

seated

install

properly

large

shown

tightentighten

lbft

lbin

degrees

check

torque

maximum

preload

firmly

stationary

cotter

necessary

ends

nuts

connect

alignment

close

manual

available

based

steps

having

disconnect

electrical

connector

form

switch

lines

original

measure

position

adjust

same

measurement

assemblies

bleed

limited

transmission

mount

stabilizer

link

control

arms

suspension

crossmember

plus

click

size

requests

product

letter

paid

submitted

reasonable

reimbursed

repair

cost

completed

ownership

receipt

expense

claim

labor

hours

item

allowance

should

total

current

price

mark

landed

needed

notification

copy

this

within

national

traffic

attached

days

made

schedule

appointment

possible

contact

correction

provided

receive

documentation

questions

telephone

deaf

impaired

puerto

rico

claimant

date

code

card

prix vehicles

condition lower

bearing replace

replace lower

gear assembly

involved vehicles

vehicle identification

general motors

service procedure

gear housing

customer assistance

bearing inspection

lumina monte

following service

gear vehicle

tools requiredj

bearing remover

steering linkage

puller open

open hood

raise vehicle

wheel assembly

support rear

rear engine

cradle remove

lower rear

remove bolt

intermediate steering

steering shaft

from steering

cradle access

remove steering

gear attaching

models equipped

remove bolts

bolts attach

attach steering

steering knuckle

gear engine

cradle mounting

figure important

important removing

removing dust

inner outer

bearing races

races remove

remove dust

inspect loose

bearings figure

figure ball

bearings found

found dust

found loose

loose dust

proceed section

section bulletin

bulletin titled

gear replacement

plug notice

loosen adjuster

figure remove

remove plug

notice stub

stub shaft

shaft damage

pinion teeth

holding stub

shaft remove

remove retaining

shaft figure

figure reuse

remove lower

lower retaining

retaining snap

ring figure

important bearing

bearing retainer

keeps ball

bearings evenly

inside bearing

races using

using small

small pick

retainer bearing

bearing figure

figure after

after removing

removing bearing

retainer reposition

reposition ball

bearings groups

four figure

figure separate

legged puller

puller center

insert puller

puller legs

screw center

bottoms puller

holding center

wrench tighten

screw remove

remove bearing

bearing housing

important inspect

inspect gear

housing ensure

ensure pieces

bearing removed

removed apply

apply small

small quantity

multi purpose

grease power

steering fluid

fluid inside

inside housing

housing bore

bearing installed

bearing over

over pinion

pinion thread

thread bearing

installed facing

place bearing

bearing installer

bearing seated

installed large

ring right

important stub

shaft install

pinion shaft

figure tightentighten

tighten adjuster

degrees figure

figure check

pinion maximum

maximum pinion

pinion preload

preload torque

housing holding

holding adjuster

install steering

bolts tightentighten

tightentighten bolts

install outer

partially rear

connect intermediate

shaft steering

install bolt

bolt tightentighten

lbft rear

cradle install

install rear

lbft install

install tire

lbft lower

lower vehicle

check power

check alignment

close hood

replacement required

additional information

information steering

gear removal

steering section

section appropriate

appropriate service

service manual

procedure based

procedure remove

remove right

fluid lines

lines steering

position adjuster

adjuster nuts

gear adjust

gear same

gear tightentighten

tightentighten adjuster

lbft connect

connect power

ends steering

steering knuckles

wheel assemblies

assemblies tightentighten

fluid bleed

bleed system

mount engine

attach rear

link bolts

bolts lower

lower control

bolts attaching

attaching steering

install bolts

cradle tightentighten

crossmember bolts

nuts attach

ends knuckles

right stabilizer

reposition stabilizer

size click

customer reimbursement

requests reimbursement

recall condition

motors product

product recall

customer letter

current gmspo

gmspo dealer

price plus

applicable mark

cost mark

needed complete

traffic motor

reasonable time

claim form

model year

year oldsmobile

motors decided defect

decided defect relates

vehicle safety exists

safety exists certain

certain buick regal

grand prix vehicles

prix vehicles these

condition lower pinion

reports indicate driver

experienced intermittent loss

power steering assist

making turns usually

speeds power assist

power assist normal

right hand turns

hand turns trying

experience higher resistance

cases assist towards

vehicle moving crash

inspect condition lower

bearing replace lower

replace lower pinion

rack pinion steering

pinion steering gear

steering gear assembly

containing complete vehicle

follow customers involved

motor vehicle registration

bearing steering gear

steering gear replaced

inspect steering gear

steering gear housing

customer assistance center

pinion bearing inspection

bearing inspection buick

chevrolet lumina monte

lumina monte carlo

following service procedure

service procedure inspection

pinion bearing performed

bearing performed completely

removing steering gear

steering gear vehicle

gear vehicle tools

vehicle tools requiredj

pinion bearing remover

puller open hood

tire wheel assembly

support rear engine

rear engine cradle

partially lower rear

lower rear engine

remove bolt intermediate

bolt intermediate steering

intermediate steering shaft

from steering gear

engine cradle access

remove steering gear

steering gear attaching

gear attaching bolts

remove bolts attach

bolts attach steering

attach steering gear

puller equivalent outer

steering gear engine

gear engine cradle

engine cradle mounting

brackets reposition access

important removing dust

separated inner outer

pinion bearing races

bearing races remove

races remove dust

inspect loose ball

ball bearings figure

bearings figure ball

figure ball bearings

ball bearings found

bearings found dust

bearings found loose

found loose dust

proceed section bulletin

section bulletin titled

steering gear replacement

gear replacement described

notice failure perform

failure perform result

perform result damage

pinion bearing removal

bearing removal tool

loosen adjuster plug

figure remove plug

remove plug notice

plug notice stub

notice stub shaft

stub shaft damage

pinion teeth occur

occur holding stub

holding stub shaft

stub shaft remove

shaft remove retaining

shaft figure reuse

remove lower retaining

lower retaining snap

retaining snap ring

snap ring figure

ring figure important

figure important bearing

important bearing retainer

bearing retainer removed

wire keeps ball

keeps ball bearings

ball bearings evenly

inside bearing races

bearing races using

races using small

using small pick

small pick tool

pick tool remove

bearing retainer bearing

retainer bearing figure

bearing figure after

figure after removing

after removing bearing

removing bearing retainer

bearing retainer reposition

retainer reposition ball

bearings groups four

groups four figure

four figure separate

figure separate legged

separate legged puller

legged puller center

insert puller legs

puller legs openings

between groups ball

groups ball bearings

forcing screw remove

screw remove bearing

remove bearing housing

figure important inspect

important inspect gear

inspect gear housing

gear housing ensure

housing ensure pieces

bearing removed apply

removed apply small

apply small quantity

small quantity lubrication

grease power steering

power steering fluid

steering fluid inside

fluid inside housing

inside housing bore

housing bore where

bearing over pinion

over pinion thread

pinion thread bearing

installed facing outwards

place bearing installer

bearing installer hammer

bearing seated housing

snap ring properly

ring properly installed

properly installed large

snap ring right

ring right shown

important stub shaft

stub shaft install

pinion shaft figure

shaft figure tightentighten

lbft rack centered

rack centered housing

centered housing tighten

housing tighten adjuster

degrees figure check

figure check torque

pinion maximum pinion

maximum pinion preload

pinion preload torque

tighten adjuster plug

gear housing holding

housing holding adjuster

holding adjuster plug

install steering gear

attaching bolts tightentighten

bolts tightentighten bolts

engine install heat

shield attaching bolts

lbin install outer

models torque prevailing

then tighten additional

tighten additional degrees

additional degrees models

slightly order insert

order insert cotter

stud bend cotter

partially rear engine

connect intermediate steering

steering shaft steering

shaft steering gear

install bolt tightentighten

bolt tightentighten bolt

lbft rear engine

engine cradle install

cradle install rear

lbft install tire

install tire wheel

tightentighten wheel nuts

lbft lower vehicle

check power steering

steering fluid level

close hood steering

hood steering gear

gear replacement required

replacement required buick

required buick regal

additional information steering

information steering gear

steering gear removal

steering section appropriate

section appropriate service

appropriate service manual

important steering gears

steering gears currently

gears currently available

currently available gmspo

available gmspo verified

good stock bearing

stock bearing inspection

replacement following service

service procedure based

procedure based certain

based certain steps

having performed inspection

performed inspection procedure

inspection procedure remove

equipped disconnect electrical

steering fluid lines

fluid lines steering

loosen disconnect power

disconnect power steering

fluid lines from

ends original steering

measure position adjuster

position adjuster nuts

steering gear same

steering gear tightentighten

gear tightentighten adjuster

tightentighten adjuster nuts

lbft connect power

connect power steering

equipped connect electrical

connect electrical connector

ends steering knuckles

tire wheel assemblies

wheel assemblies tightentighten

steering fluid bleed

fluid bleed system

close hood lower

hood lower pinion

chevrolet malibu oldsmobile

transmission mount engine

mount engine cradle

stabilizer link bolts

link bolts lower

bolts lower control

bolts attaching steering

attaching steering gear

spaced inside bearing

forcing screw backed

screw backed screw

backed screw center

install bolts attaching

engine cradle tightentighten

lbft partially rear

lbft install stabilizer

install stabilizer link

bolts figure tighten

tighten rear suspension

rear suspension crossmember

suspension crossmember bolts

tighten suspension crossmember

bolt nuts attach

nuts attach rear

lbft install outer

ends knuckles tightentighten

rear engine frame

engine frame cradle

frame cradle remove

rear attaching bolts

remove right stabilizer

lower control arms

install bolts attach

lbft reposition stabilizer

install right stabilizer

lower control tightentighten

wheel tire assemblies

pressure return lines

return lines steering

click size click

size click size

customer requests reimbursement

general motors product

reimbursement previously paid

cost completed authorized

product recall claim

total current gmspo

current gmspo dealer

applicable mark landed

mark landed cost

landed cost mark

needed complete repair

complete repair identified

item column represent

national traffic motor

traffic motor vehicle

dealer recall responsibility

repaired reasonable time

reasonable time customer

within reasonable time

national highway traffic

motors product program

product program customer

program customer reimbursement

receive letter general

letter general motors

appropriate customer assistance

assistance center listed

deaf hearing impaired

hearing impaired speech

impaired speech impaired

speech impaired buick

impaired buick chevrolet

buick chevrolet pontiac

chevrolet pontiac oldsmobile

pontiac oldsmobile puerto

oldsmobile puerto rico

puerto rico english

puerto rico espaol

telephone include area

include area code

general motors corporation

model year oldsmobile