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No steering return on Charger and Challenger

After completing a turn, the steering wheel may not return to center on its own. This bulletin applies to all 2009 Chrysler LC and LX vehicles (2009 Charger and Challenger).

The fix involves installing an external power steering cooler, and replacing both power steering return lines.

PARTS REQUIRED:

05137721AA -- power steering cooler (non-SRT)

68017995AA -- power steering cooler (SRT only)

68067354AB -- power steering return hose (AWD only)

68067353AB -- power steering return hose (SRT, 2.7L, 3.5L RWD only)

04782362AC -- cooler to reservoir hose (non-SRT)

04854545AA -- cooler to reservoir hose (SRT only)

68066627AB -- power steering return hose (5.7L RWD only)

05137778AC -- power steering cooler retainer package (QTY 2)

6504737-- plastic rivets (QTY 6)

 SPECIAL TOOLS REQUIRED:

Hand vacuum pump (C-4207A or equivalent)

Power steering cap adapter (9688 or 9688A)

Remove the front fascia. Remove the front air dam. Remove the belly pan. Remove the left and right cooler baffles (Fig. 1).

RH air baffle (1) and the tri-cooler (2).
<p>RH air baffle (1) and the tri-cooler (2).</p>

NOTE: LX vehicles only: Remove the four condenser mount screws and tilt the assembly forward. Remove the power steering return line hose and cooler clamp from the cooler. Loosen the return line nut at the power steering rack. For all models except SRT, using both cooler mounting clips, center the new power steering cooler and mount between fins 6 and 7 from the top of the condenser edge as show in the illustration. DO NOT remove any A/C hoses.

Power steering cooler is shown here mounted to the tri-cooler (condenser). Shown are power steering return hose (1); power steering to reservoir hose (2); power steering cooler (3); tri-cooler (4); and the first (top) cooler fin on the condenser (5).
<p>Power steering cooler is shown here mounted to the tri-cooler  (condenser). Shown are power steering return hose (1); power steering to  reservoir hose (2); power steering cooler (3); tri-cooler (4); and the  first (top) cooler fin on the condenser (5).</p>

SRT VEHICLES ONLY

Using both cooler mounting clips, center the new power steering cooler and mount between fins 11 and 12 from the top of the condenser edge.

This illustration shows the larger power steering cooler installed on the SRT model. Shown here are: SRT power steering cooler (1); first cooler fin as a reference (2); power steering cooler mounting location (3); and cooler fins 11 and 12 (4).
<p>This illustration shows the larger power steering cooler installed on  the SRT model. Shown here are: SRT power steering cooler (1); first  cooler fin as a reference (2); power steering cooler mounting location  (3); and cooler fins 11 and 12 (4).</p>

Reinstall all four mounting screws for the cooler. Remove the air box. Siphon power steering fluid from the pump reservoir. Remove the power steering return hose connected to the steering reservoir and using a safety regulated rubber-tipped blow gun, extract the remaining power steering fluid in the tri-cooler at 5 psi.

Flushing the power steering fluid. Existing cooler to reservoir hose (1); rubber-tipped blow gun (2); tri-cooler (3).
<p>Flushing the power steering fluid. Existing cooler to reservoir hose (1); rubber-tipped blow gun (2); tri-cooler (3).</p>

Remove the return hose from the cooler and discard. Install the new cooler to reservoir hose. Keep the black inlet and outlet protective boots from the cooler, as they will be used later.

Install the new power steering gear to cooler hose. Install the black protective boots on the old inlet and outlet ports of the power steering cooler and secure them with zip ties.

Install the black protective boots (1) and secure with zip ties (2) as shown in this illustration. (3) indicates the tri-cooler.
<p>Install the black protective boots (1) and secure with zip ties (2) as  shown in this illustration. (3) indicates the tri-cooler.</p>

Bleed and fill the power steering system as required. For LX vehicles only: re-install the cooler baffles on the right and left sides. For LC vehicles only: install the front air dam. Install the front fascia and the belly pan.

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