Chrysler Full-Size Vans 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



SOLID FRONT AXLE

See Figures 1 through 8

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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering Component Locations - Coil Spring Models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Before loosening the tie rod adjusting sleeve clamp, matchmark, or count the number of threads



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Fig. Fig. 3: Loosen the clamp on the tie rod adjusting sleeve



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the castellated tie rod nut from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 6: Using a tie rod separator, press the tie rod end out of the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 7: If re-using the tie rod, inspect the dust boot for cracks or hardening. If necessary, replace the boot



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the tie rod end from the adjusting sleeve by unscrewing it-some tie rods use reverse threads

Tie Rod Ends

  1. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the nut.
  2.  
  3. Using a tie rod end separator, free the tie rod end from the knuckle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the nut and remove the tie rod end from the knuckle.
  6.  
  7. 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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  9. To install the tie rod end, screw the end into the sleeve until the [cf2]exact number of threads originally noted is showing.
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  11. Tighten the clamp bolts. Tighten the clamp bolts to 40-70 ft. lbs.; the tie rod end nut to:
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1 / 2 -20: 40-80 ft. lbs.
 
5 / 8 -18: 50-90 ft. lbs.
 
9 / 16 -18: 50-90 ft. lbs.
 
7 / 8 -18: 60-110 ft. lbs.
 

INDEPENDENT FRONT SUSPENSION
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end.
  4.  
  5. Using a separator, free the tie rod end from the knuckle arm or center link.
  6.  
  7. 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.
  8.  
  9. To install the tie rod end, screw the end into the sleeve until the [cf2]exact number of threads originally noted is showing.
  10.  
  11. Tighten the clamp bolts. Tighten the clamp bolts to 150-175 in. lbs on 100 and 200 series or 20-30 ft. lbs. on 300 series; the tie rod end nut to 40 ft. lbs.
  12.  

Pitman Arm

  1. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the drag link at the pitman arm. You'll need a puller such as a tie rod end remover.
  4.  
  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.
  8.  
  9. Using a 2-jawed puller, remove the pitman arm from the gear.
  10.  
  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Align the matchmarks when installing the pitman arm. Torque the pitman arm nut to:
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1967-69-145 ft. lbs.
 
1970-88-175 ft. lbs.
 

  1. Torque 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.
  2.  

Tie Rod and Drag Link

  1. Place the wheels in a straight-ahead position.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pins and nust from the drag link and tie rod ball studs.
  4.  
  5. Remove the drag link ball studs from the right-hand spindle and pitman arm.
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  7. Remove the tie rod ball studs from the left-hand spindle and drag link.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. 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. Torque the nuts to 40 ft. lb. Always use new cotter pins.
  10.  
  11. Have the front end alignment checked.
  12.  

Connecting Rod

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Place the wheels in the straight-ahead position.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the connecting rod from the drag link by removing the nut and separating the two with a tie rod end remover.
  6.  
  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.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Install the connecting rod the exact number of turns noted during removal. Torque the nuts to 40 ft. lb.
  10.  
  11. Have the front end alignment checked.
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