Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 4-CYL 1981-1995 Repair Information

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Outer Tie Rod End

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the outer tie rod assembly



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the outer tie rod cotter pin ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then loosen the tie rod retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Slightly loosen the outer tie rod jam nut while the tie rod is installed on the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 5: Use Tool C-3894-A, or equivalent, to remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 6: Count the rotations necessary to remove the tie rod for reassembly ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... and measure the position of the jam nut



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Fig. Fig. 8: If the inner CV-joint boot will be removed, clean the shaft of all dirt and rust ...



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Fig. Fig. 9: ... then continue with the CV-joint boot removal

  1. Raise the vehicle and support it with jackstands.
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  3. Loosen the jam nut which connects the tie rod end to the rack.
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  5. Mark the tie rod position on the threads.
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  7. Remove the tie rod cotter pin and nut.
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  9. Using a puller, remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Unscrew the tie rod end from the rack. Count the number of complete turns it takes to remove the tie rod end from the rack assembly.
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To install:
  1. Install a new tie rod end assembly (install new grease fitting, if so equipped) the same of number of turns it took to remove the old one. Tighten the jam nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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WARNING
Do not allow the steering gear boot to become twisted.

  1. Insert the tie rod stud into the lower steering knuckle hole. Install the tie rod stud nut and tighten to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm).
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  3. Install a new cotter pin through the tie rod stud. Bend the cotter pin ends tightly against the tie rod stud.
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  5. Have the wheel alignment checked by a qualified automotive service facility.
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