GM Lumina/Silhouette/Transport APVs 1990-1999 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION



Tie Rod Ends
  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
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See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: The outer tie rod end connects the power steering rack to the steering knuckle

  1. Remove the cotter pin and castellated nut. Discard the cotter pin.
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See Figure 2

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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the cotter pin using a side cutter (pliers)

  1. Use a suitable puller to separate the outer tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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See Figures 3, 4 and 5

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Fig. Fig. 3: Install the puller and tighten it down by hand



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a ratchet and socket to tighten down on the nut and ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle

  1. Loosen the jam hex nut at the inner tie rod and remove the outer tie rod end from the inner tie rod.
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To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  3. Tighten the outer tie rod to knuckle hex slotted nut to 35 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). If necessary, tighten up to an additional 1 / 6 turn to align the cotter pin in the slot, but do not exceed 45 ft. lbs. (60 Nm). The toe is adjusted by turning the inner tie rod end. Once it is set, then tighten the jam nut to 50 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
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See Figures 6 and 7

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Fig. Fig. 6: When installing the tie rod rotate the stud to make it easy to install the cotter pin



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Fig. Fig. 7: The cut out in the nut and the hole in the stud must line up to be able to install a new cotter pin

  1. Have the front end alignment adjusted, as required.
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