Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the steering linkage assembly-4WD Dakota models

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Tie Rod Ends

See Figures 2, 3 and 4

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the cotter pin and discard

  1. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Use the correct socket or wrench to remove the castellated nut from the tie rod end

  1. Using a suitable puller, remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle of center link.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a tie rod puller to separate the link

Either count the number of visible threads or paint an alignment reference mark before unscrewing the end from the tie rod. This should enable you to thread the tie rod end back to NEAR the original position. Even if this is done, a front end alignment check should still be performed.

  1. Loosen the sleeve clamp nut and bolt and unscrew the tie rod end from the sleeve.
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To install:
  1. Install the tie rod end in the sleeve. Screw it in as many turns as the tie rod end was when removed (or to the painted mark).
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  3. Install the tie rod end into the steering knuckle. Install the castellated nut, tightening it to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm). Always install a new cotter pin.
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  5. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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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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To install:
  1. With the wheels in the straight-ahead position, install the pitman arm up to the matchmarks made previously and restore it to its correct mounted position.
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  3. Tighten the pitman arm nut to 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm). Tighten the drag link ball stud nut to 40 ft. lbs., advancing the nut to align the cotter pin hole. Never back off the nut to align the hole.
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Tie Rod and Drag Link

See Figure 5

Drag link seals should be inspected for damage at all oil change interval.

Damaged seals require removal of the seals and inspection of the drag link assembly at the throat opening. If the parts have not lost all the lubricant or are not contaminated, worn or rusted, use new seals and reinstall. Otherwise a completely new drag link assembly should be installed.



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Fig. Fig. 5: Reference marks for installing the drag link

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle (at a comfortable working height. Remove the interfering wheel from the vehicle.
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  3. Turn the wheels in a direction that will give the best access to the drag link.
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  5. Remove the cotter pins and nuts from the drag link. Install puller tool C-4150, or equivalent, to free the drag link from the steering gear arm.
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  7. Lower the drag link from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Position the drag link to the steering knuckle arm so that from the bend in the arm to the knuckle is the short distance marked as "A'' (see illustration). The long distance from the bend (marked "B'') is to be installed in the steering gear arm.
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  3. 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. Tighten the nuts to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm). Always use new cotter pins.
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  5. Install the wheel. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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Connecting Rod

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Place the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
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  5. Disconnect 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 and remove the rod.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Install the connecting rod the exact number of turns noted during removal. Tighten the nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  11. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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