Inner Tie Rods
The boots and clamps are designed to provide an airtight seal and protect the internal components of the steering gear. If the seal is not airtight the vacuum generated during turning will draw water and contamination into the gear causing premature damage. Zip ties do not produce an airtight seal and must not be used.
The inner ball joint grease is not compatible with water and contamination trapped in the grease will degrade the life of the joint.
If present, the orientation of the vent tube must be noted so the boots and vent tubes can be installed in the correct location.
- With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
- Loosen the tie rod end jam nut.
- Remove and discard the cotter pin.
- Remove and discard the tie rod end nut.
- Using the proper tool, separate the tie rod end from the wheel knuckle.
- Count the number of turns required to remove the tie rod end for reference during installation. Remove the tie rod end.
- Remove the tie rod end jam nut.
- Remove and discard the outer and inner bellows clamps.
Remove the steering gear bellows.
NOTEIf repairing the RH side, it will be necessary to pull back the LH inner tie rod boot to hold the steering gear.
Using the special tool, remove the inner tie rod.
Thoroughly clean and inspect all the parts to be reused. Replace the parts as necessary.
- Using the special tool, install the inner tie rod. Torque the rod to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
- Apply steering gear grease to the steering gear bellows groove in the inner tie rod.
Make sure the steering gear bellows is positioned correctly over the steering gear housing bead and the groove in the inner tie rod.
NOTEMake sure the steering gear bellows is not twisted and the vent tube (if equipped) is securely inserted into the vent nipple of the steering gear bellows.
- Install the steering gear bellows.
Using a proper clamp installer tool, install a new inner bellows clamp.
CAUTIONMake sure the end of the steering gear bellows is positioned between the 2 grooves on the inner tie rod or an internal leak can result.
- Install a new outer bellows clamp.
- Thread the tie rod end jam nut onto the inner tie rod.
- Install the tie rod end to the inner tie rod. Install the tie rod end the same number of turns as recorded during the removal.
- Tighten the tie rod end jam nut to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
- Position the tie rod end to the wheel knuckle and install a new tie rod end nut to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).