REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Outer Tie Rod End
See Figures 1 through 6
- Position the front wheels so that they point straight ahead.
- Mark the tie rod end jam nut on the tie rod threads for installation purposes.
- Remove and discard the cotter pin from the lower tie rod joint stud, then remove the nut.
- Separate the tie rod ends from the spindle arms using remover tool T64P-3590-F, or the equivalent.
- Hold the tie rod end with a wrench and loosen the tie rod jam nut.
- Grip the inner tie rod with locking pliers, then remove the tie rod end. Note the number of turns required to remove the tie rod end.
- Thread the new outer tie rod onto the inner tie rod the same number of turns recorded during removal. Snug the jam nut against the outer tie rod end in the position marked prior to removal, then tighten the jam nut to 35-60 ft. lbs. (48-68 Nm).
- With the steering gear, steering wheel and front wheels in the centered position, attach the tie rod ends to the spindle arms. Install the nuts and tighten them to 52-73 ft. lbs. (70-100 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. If required, advance the castle nut to the next castellation if the hole in the nut and stud do not line up. Do not loosen the nuts to line up the cotter pin hole.
Make sure the tie rod ball studs are seated in the spindle tapers to prevent rotation while tightening the nut.
- Have the front end alignment checked at a qualified service shop.