Chevrolet Full-size Cars 1968-1978 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 View of the steering linkage-all models

Tie Rod


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Fig. Fig. 2 Tapping on the tie rod end to free it, use another hammer as a backup

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the cotter pins and nuts from the tie rod end studs.
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  5. Tap on the steering arm near the tie rod end (use another hammer as backing) or Ball Stud Puller tool No. J-6627 and pull down on the tie rod, if necessary, to free it.
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  7. Remove the inner ball stud in the same manner as the outer.
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WARNING
DO NOT disengage the joint by driving a wedge between the joint and the knuckle, for damage to the seal may result.

  1. Loosen the clamp bolt and unscrew the ends if they are being replaced.
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  3. Lubricate the tie rod end threads with chassis grease if they were removed. Install each end assembly an equal distance from the sleeve.
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  5. Ensure that the tie rod end threads with chassis grease if they were removed. Install each end assembly an equal distance from the sleeve.
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  7. Install the stud nuts. Tighten the inner and outer end nuts to 35 ft. lbs.
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  9. Adjust the toe-in to specifications.
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Before tightening the sleeve clamps, ensure that the clamps are positioned so that adjusting sleeve sot is covered by the clamp.

Idler Arm
  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the idler arm-to-frame nut, washer, and bolt.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the idler arm-to-relay rod ball end stud.
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  7. Tap the relay rod with a hammer, using another hammer as backing, or using the puller tool No. J-24319-01 to remove the relay rod from the idler arm.
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  9. Remove the idler arm.
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  11. Place the idler arm on the frame and install the retaining bolts and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 35 ft. lbs.
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  13. Position the relay rod on the idler arm. Ensure that the seal is on the stud. Install the nut and tighten to 35 ft. lbs. Install a cotter pin.
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Relay Rod (Intermediate Rod)
  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the inner tie rod ends from the relay rod.
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  5. If equipped, remove the damper from the relay rod.
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  7. Remove the relay rod stud nut and cotter pin from the Pitman arm. Free the relay rod from the Pitman arm using the puller tool No. J-24319-01, moving the steering linkage if necessary. Repeat this operation to remove the relay rod from the idler arm and remove the relay rod from the vehicle.
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  9. Install the relay rod on the idler arm. Tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs.
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  11. Raise the relay and install it on the Pitman arm. Tighten the nut to 45 ft. lbs.
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  13. Install the tie rod ends to the relay rod. Install the damper, as required. Adjust the toe-in.
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Pitman Arm
  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the Pitman arm stud nut and cotter pin.
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  5. Tap the relay rod off the Pitman arm, using another hammer as backing or the puller tool No. J-24319-01. Pull the relay rod off the Pitman arm stud.
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  7. Remove the Pitman arm nut and mark the arm-to-shaft relationship.
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  9. Remove the Pitman arm using a puller tool No. J-6632.
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  11. Install the Pitman arm on the shaft, aligning the previously made marks. Install the Pitman shaft nut and tighten it to 180 ft. lbs.
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  13. Install the relay rod on the Pitman. Tighten the nut to 45 ft. lbs. and install the cotter pin.
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