Breeze, Cirrus, Sebring Convertible and Sedan, Stratus Sedan, 1999-2005

Removal & Installation

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  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.

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    Fig. Loosen the jam nut on the steering shaft with an open end wrench



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    Fig. Mark the location of the tie rod end on the steering shaft to ease installation



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    Fig. Use a second wrench to secure the end of the ball joint stud while loosening the retaining nut

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  5. Wire brush the threads on the steering shaft (tie rod) and lubricate them with penetrating oil. Loosen the tie rod jam nut. Mark the location of the tie rod end to the threads on the shaft.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin (if equipped) and nut, then press the tie rod end from the steering knuckle with a suitable tie rod end removal tool. If equipped, remove the tie rod end-s seal boot heat shield.

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    Fig. Use a ball joint separator tool to separate the tie rod end stud from the steering knuckle



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    Fig. If equipped, remove the tie rod end-s seal boot heat shield



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    Fig. Unscrew the tie rod end from the steering shaft while holding the shaft steady with a pair of locking pliers



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    Fig. Once it is free of the threads, remove the tie rod end from the steering shaft

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  9. Hold the steering shaft (tie rod) with locking pliers and unscrew the tie rod end. Counting the number of turns should make installation of the replacement tie rod end close to the previous alignment.
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To install:

  1. Install the tie rod end into the steering knuckle. Rotate the tie rod end the same amount of turns required to remove it. Do not tighten the jam nut at this time. Make sure the steering rack-to-tie rod boots are not twisted. Correct as necessary.
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  3. If equipped, install the tie rod end seal boot heat shield onto the tie rod end.
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  5. Install the tie rod end stud into the steering knuckle. Start the tie rod end-to-steering knuckle attaching nut onto the stud of the tie rod end. While holding the stud of the tie rod end stationary, tighten the tie rod end-to-steering knuckle nut. Tighten the nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
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  7. Check the front end alignment-s toe setting and adjust as necessary.
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  9. Tighten the jam nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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  11. Reinstall the wheel and lug nuts, then lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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