Removal & InstallationTie Rod Ends
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- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end stud. Discard the cotter pin.
- Disengage the tie rod end from the steering knuckle using tie rod end remover tool T85M-3395-A or equivalent.
- Remove the nut and examine it for damage, and replace as required.
- Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
- With paint or a suitable marker, mark the tie rod end, jam nut and tie rod spindle to ease assembly without changing the toe setting.
- Loosen the jam nut and unscrew the tie rod end, counting the number of turns required for removal. Replace the tie rod end as required.
If a new tie rod end is being installed, place the old and new ends side-by-side and place alignment marks on the new end that match as closely as possible to those on the old end. The existing jam nut may not seat in exactly the same position on the new tie rod end and the toe setting may have to be checked and/or readjusted as a precaution.
- When replacing a tie rod end, install a new dust boot over the stud with a suitable adapter. A 3 / 4 in. socket will accomplish the task simply and effectively.
- Thread the jam nut and tie rod end onto the tie rod and align the index marks made during the removal procedure.
- If installing a new tie rod end, match the position of the old one as closely as possible.
- Install the tie rod end into the knuckle and tighten the jam nut to 25-36 ft. lbs. (34-50 Nm). If the cotter pins keyway does not align with the stud bore, tighten (do not loosen) the nut until the castellations align with the pin bore. Install a new cotter pin.
- Tighten the tie rod end nut to 31-42 ft. lbs. (42-57 Nm).
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Check the toe setting.
- Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.