Corvette 1997-2005

Removal & Installation

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Tie Rod Ends



Inner Tie Rod End
  1. Raise and properly support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rack and pinion boot.
    NOTE
    After removing the boot, inspect the inner tie rod for evidence of corrosion or contamination. If none is evident, continue with the repair. If corrosion or contamination is evident, replace the steering gear.

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  7. Remove the shock dampener (2) from the inner tie rod (5).
    WARNING
    Do not change the rack bearing preload adjustment before removing the inner tie rod from the steering rack. This could cause damage to the pinion or the steering rack or both.

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  9. Slide the shock dampener (2) back onto the rack (1).
    WARNING
    Do not hold the steering rack while removing the inner tie rod if the preload adjustment has not been changed.

  10.  
  11. Remove the inner tie rod (5) from the rack assembly (1) as follows:
    1. Place a wrench on the flats of the inner tie rod housing (4).
    2.  
    3. Rotate the inner tie rod housing (4) counterclockwise until the inner tie rod (5) separates from the rack.
    4.  

  12.  
  13. Remove the old thread sealant from the threads (2) of the rack (1) and the inner tie rod (3).
    NOTE
    Make sure the shock dampener is on the rack before installing the inner tie rod.



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    Fig. Inner tie rod end removal

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To install:

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Fig. Clean sealant from threads at points shown

  1. Apply a suitable thread sealant to the inner tie rod threads (2).
  2.  
  3. Install the inner tie rod (3) to the rack and pinion (1).
  4.  
  5. Install a torque wrench (5) to the special tool J-34028 or equivalent and tighten the inner tie rod. Hold the rack (3) while tightening the tie rod (4) as shown.

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    Fig. Hold the rack when tightening the tie rod as shown

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  7. Tighten the inner tie rod (6) to 100 N·m (74 lb ft).
  8.  
  9. Slide the shock dampener (2) over the inner tie rod housing (3) until the front lip of the shock dampener bottoms out against the inner tie rod housing.
  10.  
  11. Install the rack and pinion boot.
  12.  
  13. Install the tire and wheel assembly to the vehicle.
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  15. Lower the vehicle.
  16.  
  17. Check the wheel alignment.
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Outer Tie Rod End
  1. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Loosen, but do not remove, the outer tie rod end stud nut (2) from the outer tie rod end ball stud.
  6.  
  7. Install puller J-42188 or equivalent, between the steering knuckle and the outer tie rod end stud. Tighten the nut on the puller until the outer tie rod end stud separates from the steering knuckle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the puller and the outer tie rod end stud nut.
  10.  
  11. Remove the outer tie rod end stud (5) from the steering knuckle (4).
  12.  
  13. Loosen the jam nut (2) on the inner tie rod assembly.
  14.  
  15. Remove the outer tie rod end (5) from the inner tie rod assembly (1).

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    Fig. Outer tie rod end removal

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To install:

  1. Install the outer tie rod end (5) to the inner tie rod assembly (1). Do not tighten the jam nut.
  2.  
  3. Install the outer tie rod end stud (5) to the steering knuckle (4).
  4.  
  5. Install the outer tie rod end stud nut (3) to the outer tie rod end stud (5).
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  7. Tighten the outer tie rod end stud nut to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm) to seat the stud. Then turn the nut an additional 160 degrees.
  8.  
  9. Check for the outer tie rod end stud nut for a minimum final torque of 45 N·m (33 lb ft).
  10.  
  11. Install the tire and wheel assemblies.
  12.  
  13. Lower the vehicle.
    WARNING
    Do not twist the rack and pinion boot during toe adjustment.

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  15. Adjust the wheel toe.
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