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Flat head screwdriver
are at least one steering box bolt is going to break during the installation of
a bumper requiring the removal of the stock steering box bolts.
This is due to the Cherokee being assembled with
a steel steering box, steel bolts, and an aluminum steering box spacer.
Corrosion between the dissimilar metals
(steel and aluminum) may cause
one or more bolts to break at the aluminum spacer.
following procedure is simple to complete.
1. Make sure all three steering box bolts are removed. Pull steering box away from unibody and lower until side of steering box is visible.
2. Place large flat head screwdriver between steering box and steering box spacer plate and pry spacer plate away from steering box until spacer plate breaks off.
3. Using channel locks/large vice grips, turn remains of spacer plate counter clockwise on broken bolt until remains of spacer plate are removed.
5. Using channel locks/large vice grips, turn remains of broken steering box bolt counter clockwise until bolt is removed.
6. Place new steering box spacer plate and steering box into stock position and continue bumper installation.
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