REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
This procedure applies to Pacer models only.
- Raise and support the front of the car.
- Disconnect the tie rod ends using tool J-26951.
- Mark the position of the adjuster tube and inner rod for assembly reference.
- Loosen the adjuster tube inboard clamp bolt and unthread the adjuster tube and tie rod end from the inner tie rod assembly.
- Cut and remove the large boot clamp and move the boot aside.
Do not allow the protective boot to become cut or torn during service operations. A damaged boot will expose the gear internal components to dirt, foreign material, and road splash resulting in premature wear.
- Slide the shock dampener ring off the jamnut.
- Loosen the jamnut. Use an open end wrench to loosen the jamnut and place another open end wrench on the rack flat (adjacent to rack teeth) to prevent the rack from turning.
If the rack is allowed to turn when loosening the jamnuts, the gear internal components could be damaged. An open end wrench must be used to hold the rack when loosening the jamnut.
- Loosen the setscrew in the tie rod housing, unthread the housing from the rack and remove the inner tie rod, tie rod housing, inner tie rod ball seat, and ball seat spring.
- Liberally apply a waterproof, EP-type, lithium base chassis lubricant to all replacement inner tie rod assembly wear surfaces. Pack the tie rod housing with the same lubricant.
- Install the ball seat spring and ball seat in the end of the rack.
- Assemble the inner tie rod and housing and install them on the rack.
- Hand-tighten the tie rod housing while rocking the tie rod to prevent grease lock; then, back the housing off 1 / 8 turn (45°). The tie rod must rock and turn freely in the housing.
- Tighten the tie rod housing setscrew to 9 ft. lbs. torque.
- Tighten the jamnut to 60 ft. lbs. torque. Use an open end wrench to loosen the jamnut and place another open and wrench on the rack flat (adjacent to rack teeth) to prevent the rack from turning.
If the rack is allowed to turn when tightening the jamnut, the gear internal components could be damaged. An open end wrench must be used to hold the rack when tightening the jamnut.
- Check the movement of the inner tie rod after tightening the jamnut. The tie rod must move freely in the housing to ensure proper operation.
- Slide the shock dampener ring over the jamnut.
- Install the boot on the inner tie rod and tube or housing. Align the breather tube with the hole in the boot and install the boot clamps. Position the ear of large clamp 3 / 4 " (19.05mm) from the breather tube. Compress the clamps using Tool J-22610.
- Thread the adjuster tube and tie rod end assembly on the inner tie rod. Refer to the alignment marks made at disassembly.
- Tighten the adjuster tube bolts to 22 ft. lbs. torque.
- Connect the tie rod ends to the steering arms. Tighten the tie rod end nuts to 50 ft. lbs. torque and install replacement cotter pins.
- Remove the supports, lower the car, and adjust the toe-in as necessary.