REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 14
If a steering boot or inner rod is damaged on the rack and pinion assembly, they are easily replaced after tie rod end removal. DO NOT allow a torn boot to go unattended as steering rack damage will likely occur.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely using jackstands.
- Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end ball stud. Disconnect the tie rod end from the spindle using ball stud remover tool 3290-D or equivalent.
- Holding the tie rod end with a wrench, loosen the tie rod jam nut. Grip the tie rod end with pliers and remove the assembly from the tie rod, but first note the depth to which the tie rod was located by using the jam nut as a marker.
On some rack assemblies, the jam nut DOES NOT have to be touched, as the tie rod end can be unthreaded once the ball stud is free. On these assemblies, leaving the jam nut undisturbed will prevent you from having to make alignment marks for installation purposes. BUT, if a tie rod is replaced, you should still check toe-in after installation.To install:
- Clean the tie rod threads.
- Thread the new tie rod end onto the tie rod to the same depth as the removed tie rod end.
- Place the tie rod end ball stud into the spindle and install the nut. Make sure the front wheels are in the straight ahead position.
- Tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm) and continue tightening the nut to align the next castellation of the nut with the cotter pin hole in the stud. Install a new cotter pin.
- Check and, if necessary, set the toe to specification. Tighten the jam nut to 35-50 ft. lbs. (48-68 Nm).