AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Outer Tie Rods

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REMOVAL & INSPECTION EXCEPT PACER



See Figures 1 through 7

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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering linkage assemblyexcept Eagle and Pacer



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the steering linkageEagle models



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Fig. Fig. 3: When removing the tie rod end, matchmark its position to the adjuster tube to aid during installation



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the cotter pin ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then remove the retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 6: Use a puller to separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen the adjuster tube clamps and unthread the tie rod end

  1. Raise and support the front of the car.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and retaining nut from the tie rod end stud.
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  5. Mark the position of the tie rod end, adjuster tube, and inner tie rod for reference.
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  7. Loosen the adjuster tube clamps.
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  9. Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering arm with a puller.
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  11. Remove the tie rod end from the adjuster tube.
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  13. Install the replacement tie rod end in the adjuster tube, and insert the end stud in the steering arm. Tighten the nut to 35 ft.lb. and install a new cotter pin. Do not loosen the nuts to align. Adjust the toe-in and tighten the clamps.
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Pacer

  1. Raise and support the front of the car.
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  3. Disconnect the tie rod end using tool J-26951.
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  5. Mark the position of the adjuster tube and tie rod end for assembly reference.
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  7. Remove and separate the tie rod ends and adjuster tubes.
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  9. Install the replacement tie rod ends and the adjuster tubes. Tighten the tube clamp bolts to 22 ft.lb. torque and the tie rod nuts to 50 ft.lb. torque.
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At least three threads should be visible at each end of the adjuster tubes. The number of threads per side should not differ by more than three.

  1. Remove the supports, lower the car, and adjust the toe-in as necessary.
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