Kia Niro: Electric Power Steering / Steering Gear box Repair procedures

Removal
1.

Disconnect the battery negative cable.

2.

Remove the universal bolt (A).

Tightening torque :

32.4 - 37.3 N·m (3.3 - 3.8 kgf·m, 23.9 - 27.5 lb·ft)

  

Keep neutral range to prevent damaging the clock spring inner cable when steering the wheel.

Do not reuse the bolt.

3.

Remove the wheel and tire.

Tightening torque:

107.9 - 127.5 N·m (11.0 - 13.0 kgf·m, 79.6 - 94.0 lb·ft)

  

Be careful not to damage the wheel nuts when removing the wheel and tire.

4.

Remove the under cover.

(Refer to Engine Mechanical System - "Engine Room Under Cover")

5.

Remove the tie rod end pin (A) and nub (B).

Tightening torque:

78.4 - 98.0 N·m (8.0 - 10.0 kgf·m, 57.8 - 72.3 lb·ft)

6.

Remove the knuckle by using the SST (09568-34000).

7.

Remove the lower arm pin (A) and nut (B).

Tightening torque:

78.4 - 98.0 N·m (8.0 - 10.0 kgf·m, 57.8 - 72.3 lb·ft)

8.

Remove the stabilizer link nut.

Tightening torque:

98.0 - 117.6 N·m (10.0 - 12.0 kgf·m, 72.3 - 86.7 lb·ft)

9.

Loosen the nuts and then remove the heat protector.

10.

Remove the hanger (A).

11.

Remove the roll rod bracket.

(Refer to Engine Mechanical System - "Engine Mounting")

12.

Loosen the bolts (A) and (B) and then remove the coolant pipe.

Tightening torque:

6.8 - 10.7 N·m (0.7 - 1.1 kgf·m, 5.0 - 7.9 lb·ft)

13.

Loosen the bolts (A,B) and nuts (C,D) and then remove the sub frame.

Tightening torque:

Bolts :

(A) 44.1 - 53.9 N·m (4.5 - 5.5 kgf·m, 32.5 - 39.8 lb·ft)

(B) 156.9 - 176.5 N·m (16.0 - 18.0 kgf·m, 115.7 - 130.2 lb·ft)

Nuts :

(C) 156.9 - 176.5 N·m (16.0 - 18.0 kgf·m, 115.7 - 130.2 lb·ft)

(D) 44.1 - 53.9 N·m (4.5 - 5.5 kgf·m, 32.5 - 39.8 lb·ft)

  

Set up the transmission jack under the subframe in order to remove the shock absorber in no-load condition .

14.

Loosen the bolts and then remove the gearbox heat protector.

15.

Loosen the bolts and then remove the front stabilizer bar.

Tightening torque:

44.1 - 53.9 N·m (4.5 - 5.5 kgf·m, 32.5 - 39.8 lb·ft)

16.

Loosen the bolts and then remove the gear box.

Tightening torque:

88.3 - 107.9 - 127.5 N·m (9.0 - 11.0 kgf·m, 65.1 - 79.6 lb·ft)

17.

Install in the reverse order of removal.

18.

Check the wheel alignment.

(Refer to Suspension System - "Alignment")

Replacement
  

Do not disassembly the steering gear box.

If the steering gear box is disassembled, its quality (noise / cleanliness / functions) cannot be guaranteed.

[Interchangeable parts]

Tie rod end

1.

Remove the tie rod end after loosening the nut.

Tightening torque :

49.0 - 53.9 N·m (5.0 - 5.5 kgf·m, 36.2 - 39.8 lb·ft)

  

Before removing the tie rod end, take the measurement or mark with paint the length of the thread.

2.

Replace the tie rod end.

3.

Check the alignment.

(Refer to Suspension System - "Alignment")

Dust cap

1.

Remove the dust cap cover.

2.

Remove the dust cap.

3.

Install in the reverse order of removal.

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