Ford Freestar, Monterey 2004-2006

Removal & Installation

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Inner Tie Rods & Tie Rod Ends




WARNING
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 wear.


WARNING
Zip ties do not produce an airtight seal and must not be used in place of the bellows clamps.


WARNING
The inner ball joint grease is not compatible with water and contamination trapped in the grease will degrade the life of the joint.


WARNING
If present, the orientation of the vent tube must be noted so the steering gear bellows and vent tubes can be installed in the correct location.

  1. Remove the steering gear, as outlined in this section.
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  3. Drain any excess power steering fluid from the steering gear and then clean the exterior of the gear using a suitable solvent.
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  5. Index mark the tie rod ends and tie rod end jam nuts to the inner tie rods.
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  7. Loosen the 2 tie rod end jam nuts.
    NOTE
    Count the number of turns required to remove the tie rod ends for reference during reassembly.

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  9. Remove the 2 tie rod ends.
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  11. Remove the 2 tie rod end jam nuts.
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  13. Remove the 2 outer bellows clamps.
    NOTE
    New inner bellows clamps must be installed.

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  15. Remove and discard the 2 inner bellows clamps.
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  17. Remove the 2 steering gear bellows.
    WARNING
    To resist rotation and prevent damage to the steering gear during removal of the spindle tie rods, center the steering gear and position the rack gear in a soft-jawed vice.

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  19. Using the special tool, remove the 2 inner tie rods.
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  21. Remove the check valve from the upper hose port.
    WARNING
    Thoroughly remove any abrasive material. This material is extremely harmful to the steering gear.

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  23. Thoroughly clean and inspect all the parts to be reused. Replace the parts as necessary.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the tie rod end (1), tie rod end jam nuts (2), outer bellows clamps (3), inner bellows clamps (4), steering gear bellows (5), inner tie rod (6), check valve (7)

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To install:

  1. Install the check valve to the upper hose port.
    WARNING
    To resist rotation and prevent damage to the steering gear during removal of the spindle tie rods, center the steering gear and position the rack gear in a soft-jawed vice.

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  3. Install the inner tie rods and tighten to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
    NOTE
    Do not tighten the inner bellows clamps at this step.

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  5. Position 2 new inner bellows clamps onto the steering gear.
    NOTE
    Apply Steering Gear Grease C3AZ-19578-A to the steering gear bellows groove on the inner tie rod.


    NOTE
    Make sure the steering gear bellows is positioned correctly over the steering gear housing bead and the groove in the inner tie rod.


    NOTE
    Make sure the steering gear bellows is not twisted and the breather tube, if equipped, is securely inserted into the steering gear bellows.

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  7. Install the 2 steering gear bellows.
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  9. Using the special tool, install the 2 inner bellows clamps.

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    Fig. Use special tool CV Joint Boot Clamp Installer tool to install the 2 inner bellows clamps

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  11. Install the 2 outer bellows clamps.
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  13. Thread the 2 tie rod end jam nuts onto the inner tie rods.
    NOTE
    Install the tie rod ends the same number of turns as noted during disassembly.

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  15. Install the 2 tie rod ends.
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  17. Tighten the 2 tie rod end jam nuts against the tie rod ends to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  19. Install the steering gear, as outlined in this section.
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