REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Tie Rod Ends
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the cotter pin and the nut from the tie rod end stud.
- Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle using separator tool T85M-3395-A or equivalent. If the tie rod end does not separate easily, give the steering knuckle a sharp blow with a brass hammer or drift to shock the taper.
- Paint or mark an alignment stripe on the tie rod end, jam nut, and tie rod.
- Loosen the jam nut and remove the tie rod end.
- Thread the jam nut and tie rod end onto the tie rod.
- Align the marks made during removal and tighten the jam nut to 51-72 ft. lbs. (69-98 Nm).
- Install the tie rod end in the steering knuckle. Install the nut and tighten to 22-33 ft. lbs. (29-44 Nm).
- Install a new cotter pin. If the slots in the nut do not align with the hole in the tie rod end stud, tighten the nut for proper alignment; never loosen the nut.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly and lower the vehicle. Check the front end alignment.