Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country 1996-1999

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Tie Rod Ends

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 1: Before removing the tie rod end from the steering knuckle, loosen the tie rod jam nut



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Fig. Fig. 2: To preserve the alignment settings, mark the threads on the tie rod

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on safety stands. Remove the front wheels.
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  3. Wire brush the tie rod threads and liberally soak with penetrating oil. Loosen the inner tie rod-to-outer tie rod jam nut.
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  5. Mark the tie rod position on the inner tie rod threads.
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  7. Remove the tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut by holding the tie rod end stud with an 11 / 32 socket while loosening and removing the nut with a box wrench.
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  9. Using a puller tool, separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. If the joint is to be reused, do not use a wedge-type tool to hammer the connection apart or the outer tie rod end will be damaged.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut; if the stud spins, use a back-up wrench on the stud and hold it stationary

Count the number of turns when removing tie rod end. Install the new tie rod end the same amount of turns.

  1. Unscrew the outer tie rod end from the rack inner tie rod.
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To install:
  1. Thread the new tie rod end onto the inner tie rod, the same number of turns as was required for removal.
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  3. Install the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Install the outer tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut. Torque the nut, using a crowfoot and 11 / 32 socket, to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
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Fig. Fig. 4: If the tie rod stud is frozen inside the steering knuckle, a special separator tool must be used



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Fig. Fig. 5: Once the tie rod end stud is free of the steering knuckle, unscrew it from the tie rod end

  1. Check the toe setting. Adjust the toe setting to the correct specifications by turning the inner tie rod, taking care not to twist the boot.
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  3. Tighten the jam nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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  5. Install the front wheels and lug nuts. Torque the lug nuts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  7. Lower the vehicle.
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  9. Re-check the wheel alignment and make any adjustments, if necessary. Road test the vehicle.
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