300, 300C & Magnum 2006-2008, Charger 2006-2008

Removal & Installation

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Inner Tie Rods



  1. Remove outer tie rod, as outlined in this section.
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  3. Remove tie rod jam nut from inner tie rod.
    NOTE
    If equipped with All Wheel Drive (AWD), it may be necessary to remove heat shield (3) above inner tie rod bellows (2) to allow better access to bellows clamp.



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    Fig. For AWD models, you may need to remove the heat shield (3) from above the inner tie rod bellows (2) to access the clamp

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  5. Remove clamp (1) securing bellows (3) to inner tie rod.
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  7. Remove clamp (2) securing bellows (3) to steering gear body.
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  9. Remove bellows (3).

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

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  11. Install appropriate inner tie rod removal tool on inner tie rod hex (1).
    WARNING
    If inner tie rod cannot be removed using specified tools, do not use a hammer or heat to loosen. Damage to steering gear will occur. Replace entire steering gear.

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  13. Unthread and remove inner tie rod (2).

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    Fig. Install appropriate inner tie rod removal tool on inner tie rod hex (1), then unthread and remove the inner tie rod end (2)

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  15. Remove the travel restrictor (2) from rack gear (3).

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    Fig. Remove the travel restrictor (2) from rack gear (3)

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To install:


NOTE
The travel restrictor has a beveled lip on one end of its inside diameter to keep the restrictor from being install too far onto the rack gear. Install the restrictor with the beveled lip side outward (away from gear) to avoid improper installation and restrictor damage.

  1. Install travel restrictor, beveled lip side outward, on end of rack gear. Once installed, restrictor will be flush with end of rack gear.
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  3. Apply Mopar® Lock & Seal Adhesive or equivalent medium thread locker adhesive to inboard end threads of inner tie rod.
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  5. Install the inner tie rod onto gear using appropriate inner tie rod installer tool or crows foot wrench on hex. Tighten the inner tie rod to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
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  7. Loosely place new clamp over large end of bellows.
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  9. Slide new bellows with clamp over end of inner tie rod and onto gear body.
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  11. Push the small end of the bellows past the groove machined into inner tie rod.
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  13. Apply a small amount of Mopar® Lubriplate or equivalent uniformly to groove in inner tie rod shaft. This allows for toe adjustment without twisting bellows.
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  15. Pull small end of bellows outward until ridge inside bellows engages groove.
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  17. Install a new clamp over the small end of the bellows.
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  19. Using crimping pliers, crimp bellows clamp at the gear body.
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  21. If equipped with AWAD and the heat shield was removed, install the heat shield above the inner tie rod bellows and tighten screws to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  23. Thread tie rod jam nut onto inner tie rod far enough to install outer tie rod.
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  25. Install outer tie rod.
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Outer Tie Rods



AWD Models
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
    WARNING
    When loosening jam nut and rotating inner tie rod, use care not to twist bellows at inner tie rod.

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  5. Remove clamp (2) at inner tie rod and make sure bellows moves freely before rotating inner tie rod.
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  7. Loosen tie rod jam nut (1) at outer tie rod (4).

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    Fig. View of the outer tie rod

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  9. Remove outer tie rod end nut (1) at knuckle (3).

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    Fig. Remove the outer tie rod end nut (1), and remove the tie rod end (2) from the knuckle

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  11. Using Remover (2), Special Tool 9360, separate outer tie rod end (1) from knuckle.
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  13. Unthread outer tie rod from inner tie rod. Count number of turns when removing outer tie rod. This will give a good starting point when reassembling and when setting toe.

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    Fig. Using the special tool (2) to separate the outer tie rod end (1) from the knuckle

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To install:


WARNING
When rotating inner tie rod, use care not to twist bellows at inner tie rod. Remove the clamp at the inner tie rod and make sure bellows moves freely before rotating inner tie rod.

  1. Thread the outer tie rod onto inner tie rod, making sure to install outer tie rod same number of turns as when removed.
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  3. Install the outer tie rod end into the steering knuckle. Install and tighten the nut to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
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  5. Install tire and wheel assemblies. Tighten the lug nuts to 110 ft. lbs. (150 Nm) on all except Police Vehicles. For Police vehicles, tighten the lug nuts to 140 ft. lbs. (190 Nm).
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  7. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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  9. Perform a wheel alignment, setting toe to specifications.
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  11. Tighten the tie rod jam nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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RWD Models
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
    WARNING
    When loosening jam nut and rotating inner tie rod, use care not to twist bellows at inner tie rod.

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  5. Remove clamp at inner tie rod and make sure bellows moves freely before rotating inner tie rod.
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  7. Loosen tie rod jam nut (3) at outer tie rod (5).
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  9. Remove outer tie rod end nut (1) at knuckle (2).

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    Fig. Exploded view of the outer tie rod

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  11. Using Remover (2), Special Tool 9360, separate outer tie rod end (1) from knuckle.
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  13. Unthread outer tie rod from inner tie rod. Count number of turns when removing outer tie rod. This will give a good starting point when reassembling and when setting toe.

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    Fig. Using the special tool (2) to separate the outer tie rod end (1) from the knuckle

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To install:


WARNING
When rotating inner tie rod, use care not to twist bellows at inner tie rod. Remove clamp at inner tie rod and make sure bellows moves freely before rotating inner tie rod.

  1. Thread the outer tie rod onto the inner tie rod, making sure to install the outer tie rod same number of turns as when removed.
  2.  
  3. Install the outer tie rod end into the steering knuckle. Install and tighten the nut to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install tire and wheel assemblies. Tighten the lug nuts to 110 ft. lbs. (150 Nm) on all except Police Vehicles. For Police vehicles, tighten the lug nuts to 140 ft. lbs. (190 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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  9. Perform a wheel alignment, setting toe to specifications.
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  11. Tighten the tie rod jam nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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