Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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See Figures 1, 2 and 3REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

Pitman Arm
  1. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
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  3. Disconnect the drag link at the Pitman arm. You'll need a puller such as a tie rod end remover.
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  5. Remove the Pitman arm-to-gear nut and washer.
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  7. Matchmark the Pitman arm and gear housing for installation purposes.
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  9. Using a 2-jawed puller, remove the Pitman arm from the gear.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the 1972-88 steering linkage



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Fig. Fig. 2: If your truck has a center link the steering linkage should look like this

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Align the matchmarks when installing the Pitman arm.
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  3. Torque the Pitman arm nut to 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm); torque the drag link ball stud nut to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm), advancing the nut to align the cotter pin hole. Never back off the nut to align the hole.
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Tie Rod Ends
2WD (WITH SOLID FRONT AXLE) AND 1967-74 4WD
  1. Spray a penetrating oil on the bolts and nuts you are about to work on; they are probably rusty or very hard to loosen.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the nut.
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  5. Using a tie rod end separator, free the tie rod end from the knuckle.
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  7. Unfasten the nut, then remove the tie rod end from the knuckle.
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  9. Count the exact number of threads visible between the tie rod end and the sleeve. Loosen the clamp bolts and unscrew the tie rod end.
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To install:
  1. Screw the end into the sleeve until the exact number of threads originally noted is showing.
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  3. Tighten the clamp bolts to 40-70 ft. lbs. (54-94 Nm) and the tie rod end nut to the appropriate figure:

    1 / 2 -20: 40-80 ft. lbs. (54-108 Nm)
     
    5 / 8 -18: 50-90 ft. lbs. (67-121 Nm)
     
    9 / 16 -18: 50-90 ft. lbs. (67-121 Nm)
     
    7 / 8 -18: 60-110 ft. lbs. (81-149 Nm)
     

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1972-88 INDEPENDENT FRONT SUSPENSION
  1. Raise and safely support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Spray a penetrating oil on the bolts and nuts you are about to work on; they are probably rusty or very hard to loosen.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end.
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  7. Using a separator, free the tie rod end from the knuckle arm or center link.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Positioning the tie rod removal tool

  1. Count the exact number of threads visible between the tie rod end and the sleeve. Loosen the clamp bolts and unscrew the tie rod end.
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To install:
  1. Screw the end into the sleeve until the exact number of threads originally noted is showing.
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  3. Connect the tie rod end to the knuckle arm and center link. Tighten the tie rod end nut to 40-45 ft. lbs. (54-61 Nm).
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  5. Position the clamp onto the sleeve, and tighten the clamp bolts to 150-175 inch lbs. (16-19 Nm) on 100 and 200 series, or 20-30 ft. lbs. (27-40 Nm) on 300 series.
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Tie Rod and Drag Link

See Figure 4

  1. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
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  3. Remove the cotter pins and nuts from the drag link and tie rod ball studs.
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  5. Install puller tool C-4150 or equivalent, then apply pressure to free the link from the knuckle arm and steering gear arm.
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  1. Remove the drag link from the truck.
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To install:
  1. Position the drag link as illustrated, so that the short segment (A) is mounted to the steering knuckle arm and the long end (B) is mounted to the steering gear arm.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Note the link mounting

  1. Seat the studs in the tapered hole before tightening the nuts. This will avoid wrap-up of the rubber grommets during tightening of the nuts.
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  3. Install the new cotter pins. Torque the nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
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  5. Have the front end alignment checked.
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Connecting Rod
  1. Raise and safely support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Place the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
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  5. Detach the connecting rod from the drag link by removing the nut and separating the two with a tie rod end remover.
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  7. Loosen the bolts on the adjusting sleeve clamps. Count the number of turns it takes to remove the connecting rod from the adjuster sleeve, then remove the rod.
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  9. Install the connecting rod the exact number of turns noted during removal.
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  11. Tighten the mounting bolts by torquing the nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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  15. Have the front end alignment checked.
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