I30 1996-1997

Tie Rod Ends

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Removal & Installation



Inner Tie Rod End

Specific to:

Infiniti I30 1996-1997

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands. Remove the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin and the tie rod ball joint stud nut. Note the position of the steering linkage.
  4.  
  5. Using a suitable ball joint separator tool, remove the tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the locknut and remove the tie rod end from the tie rod. Count the number of complete turns it takes to completely remove it.
  8.  
  9. Remove the tie rod-to-steering gear locknut.
  10.  
  11. Remove the clamps that secure the flexible boot to the steering gear.
  12.  
  13. Slide the boot from the inner tie rod and remove the boot.
  14.  
  15. Bend the lock plate tabs from the inner tie rod end nut.
  16.  
  17. Loosen the inner tie rod end nut from the steering gear and remove the tie rod end.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Using a new lock plate, install the tie rod end and torque the tie rod to 58-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Bend the tabs of the new lock plate to secure the inner tie rod end.
  4.  
  5. Slide the boot onto the steering gear and secure it with new clamps.
  6.  
  7. Install the outer tie rod-to-steering gear locknut.
  8.  
  9. Install the outer tie rod end, turning it in exactly as many turns as it was to remove the old one. Make sure it is correctly positioned in relationship to the steering linkage.
  10.  
  11. Connect the outer tie rod end-to-steering knuckle and install the castle nut. Torque the nut to 46-54 ft. lbs. (63-73 Nm.).
  12.  
  13. Install a new cotter pin to the castle nut.
  14.  
  15. Tighten the tie rod end locking nut to 58-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  18.  
  19. Lower the vehicle and perform a front end alignment.
  20.  

Outer

Specific to:

Infiniti I30 1996-1997

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands. Remove the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin and the tie rod ball joint stud nut. Note the position of the steering linkage.
  4.  
  5. Using a suitable ball joint separator tool, remove the tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the locknut and remove the tie rod end from the tie rod. Count the number of complete turns it takes to completely remove it.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Install the new tie rod end, turning it in exactly as many turns as it was to remove the old one. Make sure it is correctly positioned in relationship to the steering linkage.
  2.  
  3. Connect the outer tie rod end-to-steering knuckle and install the castle nut. Torque the nut to 46-54 ft. lbs. (63-73 Nm.).
  4.  
  5. Install a new cotter pin to the castle nut.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the tie rod end locking nut to 58-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  10.  
  11. Lower the vehicle and perform a front end alignment.
  12.  

 
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