Late model Dakota and Durango vehicles are equipped with rack and pinion steering.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise and support the vehicle.
- 4WD: remove the splash shield.
- Remove the nuts from the tie rod ends.
- Separate the tie rod ends from the knuckles with a suitable puller.
- Remove the power steering lines from the gear.
- Remove the lower coupler bolt and slide the coupler off the gear.
- Remove the mounting bolts from the gear to front crossmember and remove the gear.
- Reverse the removal procedure. Note the torque specifications for the fastening hardware.
- Fill the system with fluid and perform the power steering pump initial operation procedure.
- Realign the front end.
- Remove the cotter pin and the castellated nut from the outer tie rod end. Discard the cotter pin.
- Separate the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle using an appropriate tie rod end remover.
- Mark the outer tie rod jam nut on one side with a reference line for installation.
- Hold the outer tie rod end with a wrench and loosen the tie rod end jam nut.
- Back the tie rod end jam nut off ONE FULL TURN ONLY.
- Remove the outer tie rod end from the inner tie rod spindle.
- Clean the threads on the inner tie rod spindle (front wheel spindle connecting rod).
- Thread the new outer tie rod end onto the inner tie rod until it bottoms on the jam nut.
- Back the tie rod and jam nut out one full turn until the reference line is in the same position as before.
- Place the outer tie rod end stud into the steering knuckle. Set the front wheels in a straight-ahead position.
- Install a new castellated nut onto the outer tie rod end stud.
- Torque the nut to the proper specification.
- Continue to tighten the castellated nut until a new cotter pin can be inserted through the hole in the stud. Install a new cotter pin.
- If required, repeat the procedure for the opposite side.
- Check the alignment and set the toe adjustment to specification.
- Torque the outer tie rod end jam nut to the proper torque.
- Remove the steering gear.
- Loosen the jam nut and remove the tie rod end and jam nut.
- Remove the outer clamp from the rubber boot.
- Remove the boot inner clamp.
- On 2WD, mark the breather tube location on steering gear before removing the rubber boot.
- Lubricate the boot outer groove (tie rod) with silicone type lubricant. Ensure that the boot is not twisted.
- On 2WD, align the breather tube with the reference mark on the steering gear.
- Position and align the new boot over the housing.
- Install the inner clamp on the rubber boot.
- Install the snorkel clamp on 2WD vehicles.
- Install the outer clamp on the inner tie rod.
- Install the jam nut and the tie rod end.
- Install the steering gear.