2007 Jeep Compass

Removal & Installation

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Inner Tie Rods



Specific to:

Jeep Compass 2007-2009

Jeep Patriot 2007-2009

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the outer tie rod. Refer to Tie Rod End, removal & installation.
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  5. Remove the tie rod jam nut from the inner tie rod.
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  7. Remove the clamp (3) securing the bellows (1) to the inner tie rod.
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  9. Remove the clamp (2) securing the bellows (1) to the steering gear body.
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  11. Remove the bellows.

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    Fig. Remove the clamp (3) securing the bellows (1) to the inner tie rod and remove the clamp (2) securing the bellows (1) to the steering gear body

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  13. Remove the travel restrictor (3) from the inner tie rod (1).
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  15. Install an appropriate inner tie rod removal tool on the inner tie rod (1) hex.
    WARNING
    If the inner tie rod cannot be removed using the specified tools, do not use a hammer or heat to loosen. Damage to the steering gear will occur. Replace the entire steering gear.

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  17. Unthread and remove the inner tie rod (1) from the steering gear (2).

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    Fig. Remove the travel restrictor (3) from the inner tie rod (1). Unthread and remove the inner tie rod (1) from the steering gear body (2)

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To install:


NOTE
When installing the travel restrictor, be sure to use the same color and thickness travel restrictor as was removed. This action is necessary to properly set gear travel for the steering gear being serviced. Travel restrictor thickness can vary side-to-side on the steering gear.

  1. Install the travel restrictor (1), flat side of teeth (2) facing out, on the inboard end of the inner tie rod ball joint.

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    Fig. Install the travel restrictor (1), flat side of teeth (2) facing out

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  3. Apply MOPAR® Lock AND Seal Adhesive, or equivalent, medium thread locker adhesive to the inboard end threads of the inner tie rod.
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  5. Install the inner tie rod (1) onto the gear (2) using an appropriate inner tie rod installation tool or crows foot wrench on the hex. Tighten the inner tie rod to 58 ft. lbs. (78 Nm).
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  7. Loosely place a NEW clamp over the large end of the NEW bellows.
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  9. Slide the NEW bellows with clamp over the end of the inner tie rod and onto the gear body.
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  11. Push the small end of the bellows (2) past the groove (1) machined into the inner tie rod.
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  13. Apply a small amount of MOPAR® Lubriplate®, or equivalent, uniformly to the groove (1) in the inner tie rod shaft. This allows for toe adjustment without twisting the bellows.
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  15. Pull the small end of the bellows outward until the ridge inside the bellows engages the groove.
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  17. Install a NEW clamp (3) over the small end of the bellows (1).
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  19. Using crimping pliers (1), crimp the large clamp (2) securing the bellows to the gear body.
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  21. Thread the tie rod jam nut onto the inner tie rod far enough to install the outer tie rod.
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  23. Install the outer tie rod. Refer to Tie Rod End, removal & installation.
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Tie Rod End



Specific to:

Jeep Compass 2007-2009

Jeep Patriot 2007-2009

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the tie rod jam nut (5).
  8.  
  9. Remove the nut (2) attaching the outer tie rod (4) to the knuckle (3).
    1. Hold the tie rod end stud with a wrench.
    2.  
    3. Remove the nut with a standard wrench or crowfoot wrench.

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      Fig. View of outer tie rod disassembled

    4.  

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  11. Release the tie rod end (3) from the knuckle (2) using Remover, Special Tool 9360 (1).
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  13. Remove the outer tie rod (3) from the knuckle (2).
    NOTE
    When unscrewing the outer tie rod from the inner tie rod, count the number of revolutions to take it off. This action will aid in installation, getting the toe close to where it needs to be when setting the wheel alignment.

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  15. Remove the outer tie rod from the inner tie rod.

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    Fig. Release the tie rod end (3) from the knuckle (2) using Remover, Special Tool 9360 (1)

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To install:

  1. If it is not already installed, install the jam nut (5) on the inner tie rod threads.
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  3. Thread the outer tie rod (4) onto the inner tie rod approximately the same amount of revolutions as the original was installed.
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  5. Thread the jam nut (5) down the inner tie rod far enough to hold the outer tie rod. Do not tighten the jam nut at this time.
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  7. Install the outer tie rod ball stud into the hole in the knuckle arm (3). Start a NEW tie rod mounting nut (2) onto the stud. While holding the tie rod end stud with a wrench, tighten the nut with a wrench or crowfoot wrench. Tighten the nut to 97 ft. lbs. (132 Nm).
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  9. Install the tire and wheel assembly and tighten the mounting nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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  11. Lower the vehicle.
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  13. Adjust the front wheel toe setting.
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  15. Tighten the tie rod jam nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm) once the wheel toe is set.
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