GM Camaro 1967-1981 Repair Guide

Tie Rod Ends

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 7

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Fig. Fig. 1: The outer tie rod end (A) is mounted to the steering knuckle arm (B)



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the old cotter pin from the outer tie rod end ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... and mark the threads of the tie rod (arrow) for installation ...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... then unthread the castle nut



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Fig. Fig. 5: Separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle arm, loosen the clamp nuts and unthread the rod



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Fig. Fig. 6: The inner tie rod (A) mounts to the centerlink (B)



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Fig. Fig. 7: Identification of the steering linkage components

  1. Raise the vehicle and support it securely on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the cotter pins from the ball studs and remove the castellated nuts.
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  5. Remove the outer ball stud by tapping on the steering arm at the tie rod end with a heavy hammer on the other side of the steering arm as a backing. If necessary, pull downward on the tie rod to disconnect it from the steering arm.
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  7. Remove the inner ball stud from the centerlink using a similar procedure.
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  9. Remove the tie rod end or ends to be replaced by loosening the clamp bolt and unscrewing them.
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To install:
  1. Lubricate tie rod threads with chassis grease and install new tie rod end(s). Make sure both ends are an equal distance from the tie rod and tighten the clamp bolts.
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  3. Make sure the ball studs, tapered surfaces, and all threaded surfaces are clean and smooth, and free of grease. Install seals on ball studs. Install ball stud in steering arm and relay rod.
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  5. Rotate both inner and outer tie rod housings rearward to the limit of ball joint travel before tightening clamps. Make sure clamp slots and sleeve slots are aligned before tightening clamps. Make sure tightened bolts will be in horizontal position to 45 degrees upward (in the forward direction) when the tie rod is in its normal position. Make sure the tie rod end stays in position relative to the rod during the tightening operation. Tighten the clamps and return the assembly to the center of its travel.
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  7. Install the ball stud nuts and tighten to 35 ft. lbs. Then tighten [cf2](do not loosen) further as required to align cotter pin holes in studs and nuts. Install new cotter pins.
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  9. Lubricate the new tie rod ends and lower the vehicle.
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