INSTRUCTIONS - STEERING BEARING PLATE Posted on 25 Feb 11:12
The installation of this Steering Bearing Plate requires minimal mechanical knowledge and tools. It is important to follow these instructions.
N.B: Do not play with the steering wheel as over spinning will while not connected will cause the breakage of the clock spring.
- 12mm Socket
- 10mm Spanner
- 12mm Spanner
- Nylon/soft Mallet
- Alan Key Set
- Cir-clip Pliers
- First things first, mark out on the steering shaft where the spline joint connects a straight line, this will assist with aligning the two later.
- From the engine bay undo the universal steering joint by undoing and removing the bolt from the clamp. (12mm spanner needed)
- Undo the rubber flexi joint that sits inside the cabin above your brake pedal where the steering column meets the firewall. (4 x nuts and bolts, 10mm and a 12mm spanner is needed) As long as you undo 2x diagonal bolts the joint will come apart.
- Make sure not to misplace the white plastic spacers and rubber joint.
- Using a 12mm socket undo the 2 bolts that hold the steering shaft/bearing plate against the firewall, this will allow the short shaft from the column to the engine bay to be slid out from the firewall.
- You will now need to remove the hub from the end of the shaft by undoing the bolt completely, this will expose the cir-clip retaining the bearing plate.
- Once the cir-clip is removed, you can knock the shaft through the bearing plate with a nylon mallet or if you do not have a soft mallet, place a soft material against the shaft and use a metal hammer. If you hit directly on the shaft with a metal hammer you run the risk of spreading the end and it will not fit again.
- Remove the original seal from the bearing plate and re-fit to the new bearing plate.
- Now fit the shaft into the new bearing pate and the cir-clip.
- Fit the hub to the end of the shaft.
- Start re-installing the short steering shaft through the firewall first and loosely bolt up the flexi joint.
- Loosely bolt to the firewall and line up the universal joint in the engine bay.
- Once everything has been loosely bolted up, it is time to tighten all the bolts and the fitment is done.
- In the late 2010 to 2012 model they have a different turbo and if there is still contact with the steering shaft this could be due to the engine mount collapsed. An easy way to check is the top mount intercooler should sit flat, often, mainly found with manual transmissions, the engine will lean to the drivers side as the mount starts to collapse.
If you have any issues please contact me and I am more than happy to assist.
All the best with your 4weeling. Stay safe.