GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Tie Rod Ends
FRONT

See Figures 1 through 10

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Matchmark the installed position of the tie rod end with paint or a marker.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Make sure you matchmark the installed position of the tie rod end for proper alignment during installation

  1. Use a pair of pliers to hold the inner tie rod stationary, then loosen tie rod jam nut.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Use pliers to hold the inner tie rod end, then loosen the jam nut

  1. Remove and discard the tie rod cotter pin, then loosen, but do not remove, the hex slotted nut.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the cotter pin from the slotted nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Loosen the slotted nut, but do NOT remove it at this time

  1. Use a universal steering linkage puller, such as tool J-24319-01 or equivalent, to separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Install a suitable jawed puller to separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 6: Make sure there is good and even contact of the tie rod end stud and puller screw

  1. After the tie rod is separated, remove the hex slotted nut, then remove the tie rod end from the knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Unfasten the slotted nut, then remove the tie rod end from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 8: View of the tie rod end slotted nut

  1. Unscrew the outer tie rod end from the steering rack assembly, counting the number of turns necessary to remove the tie rod end.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Unscrew the outer tie rod end from the inner tie rod

To install:
  1. Install the tie rod to the steering rack assembly, but do not tighten the jam nut. Thread the tie rod end in the same number of turns and/or align it to the marks made during removal.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Exploded view of the outer tie rod end replacement

  1. Install the tie rod to the steering knuckle and install the hex slotted nut to the tie rod stud.
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  3. Tighten the hex nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm), then insert a new cotter pin. If necessary tighten the nut additionally in order to insert the pin, but do not exceed a total torque of 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) and do not back off the original torque.
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Make sure the rack and pinion boot is not twisted or puckered during installation or adjustment.

  1. Adjust the toe by turning the inner tie rod, making sure the rack and pinion boot is not twisted or puckered during toe adjustment.
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  3. Tighten the jam nut against the tie rod to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
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  5. Carefully lower the vehicle. Have the front end alignment checked and adjusted if necessary at a reputable repair shop.
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