Chrysler Colt/Vista 1990-1993 Repair Information

Tie Rod Ends

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Outer
  1. Raise the vehicle and support it safely.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the nut from the tie rod.
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  5. Loosen the shaft jam nut before removing the joint. Remove the tie rod ends from the knuckle with a separator tool MB990635 or MB991113. The outer end is left hand threaded and the inner is right hand threaded. Keep the tie rod from turning while removing the tie rod end.
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To install:
  1. Grease the tie rod threads and install the ends. Turn each end in an equal amount.
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  3. Install the tie rod end assembly on the steering knuckle and tie rod. Torque the castellated nuts to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm) and the jam nut to 38 ft. lbs. (53 Nm). Use new cotter pins.
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  5. Adjust the toe-in.
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Inner

Removal of the rack and pinion assembly may be needed to gain access to the inner tie rods. The inner tie rod is located inside the steering bellows. A large wrench is needed to turn the tie rod from the rack.

  1. Raise the vehicle and support safely. Remove the front wheels.
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  3. Remove the rack and pinion assembly, if necessary.
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  5. Loosen the tie rod-to-tie rod end jam nut.
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  7. Remove the clamps and slide the bellows from the tie rod.
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  9. Using a punch, remove the stacked tab washer from the tie rod nut.
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  11. Use a large wrench to turn the tie rod from the rack.
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To install:
  1. Always use a new tab washer. Install the tab washer and tie rod. Torque the tie rod to 58-72 ft. lbs. (80-100 Nm). Stack over the tab washer.
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  3. Install the bellows and new clamps.
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  5. Install the remaining components.
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  7. Align the front end.
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