GM Full Size Vans 1967-1986 Repair Guide

Tie Rod Ends

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 7



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Fig. Fig. 1: Matchmark the old tie rod if you are reusing it; this will aid in installation



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Fig. Fig. 2: Unfasten the tie rod adjusting sleeve retainers



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Fig. Fig. 3: When freeing the tie rod end, a second hammer may be used as a backup



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Fig. Fig. 4: Unbend and remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end stud ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then remove the nut



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Fig. Fig. 6: Use a tie rod end ball joint removal tool to loosen the stud ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then remove it from the steering arm

  1. Loosen the tie rod adjuster sleeve clamp nuts.
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  3. Remove the tie rod end stud cotter pin and nut.
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  5. You can use a tie rod end ball joint removal tool to loosen the stud, or you can loosen it by tapping on the steering arm with a hammer while using a heavy hammer as a backup.
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  7. Remove the inner stud in the same way.
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  9. Unscrew the tie rod end from the threaded sleeve. The threads may be left or right-hand threads. Count the number of turns required to remove it.
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  11. To install, grease the threads and turn the new tie rod end in as many turns as were needed to remove it. This will give approximately correct toe-in. Tighten the clamp bolts.
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  13. Tighten the stud nuts and install new cotter pins. You may tighten the nut to align the cotter pin, buy don't loosen it.
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  15. Adjust the toe-in.
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