REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Outer Tie Rod End
See Figures 1 and 2
- Raise the vehicle and support it with jackstands.
- Loosen the jam nut which connects the tie rod end to the rack.
- Mark the tie rod position on the threads.
- Remove the tie rod cotter pin and nut.
- Using a puller, remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
- 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.
- 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).
Do not allow the steering gear boot to become twisted.
- 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).
- Install a new cotter pin to the tie rod stud. Bend the cotter pin ends tightly against the tie rod stud.
- Have the wheel alignment checked by a qualified automotive service facility.