Dodge Aspen/Volare 1976-1980 Repair Guide

Tie-Rod Ends

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the steering linkage assembly



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Fig. Fig. 2 Before removing the tie-rod end, make an alignment mark for installation



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Fig. Fig. 3 Loosen the tie-rod sleeve clamp nuts



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the attaching nut cotter pin ...



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Fig. Fig. 5 ... then loosen ...



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Fig. Fig. 6 ... and remove the attaching nut



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Fig. Fig. 7 Use a puller to disengage the tie-rod from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 8 Position the tie-rod end away from the steering knuckle ...



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Fig. Fig. 9 ... and unthread it from the sleeve to remove it

  1. Loosen the tie rod adjuster sleeve clamp nuts.
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  3. Remove the tie rod end stud nut and cotter pin.
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  5. If the outer tie rod end is being removed, remove the stud from the steering knuckle. If the inner tie rod end is being removed, remove the stud from the center link. The studs on all the tie rod ends fit in a tapered hole. They can be removed with a ball joint removal tool available at auto parts stores.
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  7. Unscrew the tie rod end from the threaded sleeve. The threads may be left or right-hand threads. Count the number of turns required to remove it.
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  9. To install, reverse the above. Turn the tie rod end in as many turns as was needed to remove it. This will give approximately correct toe-in.
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  11. Tighten the stud nuts to 40 ft. lbs. and install new cotter pins.
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  13. Set the toe-in as explained earlier in this section.
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