Dakota, 2001-2005

Removal & Installation

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Boot Seal



  1. Remove the steering gear.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the jam nut and remove the tie rod end and jam nut.
  4.  
  5. Remove the outer clamp from the rubber boot.
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  7. Remove the boot inner clamp.
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  9. On 2WD, mark the breather tube location on steering gear before removing the rubber boot.
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To install:

  1. Lubricate the boot outer groove (tie rod) with silicone type lubricant. Ensure that the boot is not twisted.
  2.  
  3. On 2WD, align the breather tube with the reference mark on the steering gear.
  4.  
  5. Position and align the new boot over the housing.
  6.  
  7. Install the inner clamp on the rubber boot.
  8.  
  9. Install the snorkel clamp on 2WD vehicles.
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  11. Install the outer clamp on the inner tie rod.
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  13. Install the jam nut and the tie rod end.
  14.  
  15. Install the steering gear.

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    Fig. Boot seal assembly-2WD shown

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Tie Rod Ends



Outer

NOTE
Do not twist the boot anytime during removal or installation.

  1. Loosen the jam nut.
  2.  
  3. Remove the outer tie rod end nut from the ball stud.
  4.  
  5. Separate the outer tie rod end from the knuckle with Remover C3894-A or equivalent.
  6.  
  7. Unthread the outer tie rod end from the inner tie rod. Count the number of turns when removing the tie rod end; this will give a good starting point during reassembly and toe adjustment.

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    Fig. Jam nut (1), inner tie rod (2), outer tie rod end (3)

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To install:


NOTE
Do not twist the boot at anytime during removal or installation.

  1. Thread the outer tie rod end onto the inner tie rod, to its original position.
  2.  
  3. Install the outer tie rod end into the steering knuckle.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the ball stud nut on the ball stud to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Set wheel toe pattern.
  8.  
  9. Tighten jam nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  10.  

 
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