Jeep CJ/Scrambler 1971-1986 Repair Guide

Tie Rod End

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

1971 Models
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and nut and disconnect the right tie rod section from the bell crank.
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  5. Remove the cotter pins and nuts, and, using a puller or separator, disconnect the outer ends from the knuckles.
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  7. Where applicable, the left and right tie rod sections can now be separated.
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  9. The tie rod ends can be removed by loosening the clamps and unscrewing the ends. Before unscrewing the ends, note the exact number of threads visible, as an installation reference.
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  11. All seals that show any sign of wear should be replaced. New tie rod ends should be installed if the old ones show any play or roughness of movement.
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  13. Install the new tie rod ends, leaving the exact number of threads exposed, as previously noted. Torque all nuts to 38-42 ft. lbs.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering linkage view, 1971 models

1972-79 Models
  1. Remove the cotter pins and retaining nuts at both ends of the tie rod and from the end of the connecting rod where it attaches to the tie rod.
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  3. Remove the nut attaching the steering damper push rod to the tie rod bracket and move the damper aside.
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  5. Remove the tie rod ends from the steering arms and connecting rod with a puller.
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  7. Count the number of threads showing on the tie rod before removing the ends, as a guide to installation.
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  9. Loosen the adjusting tube clamp bolts and unthread the ends.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the connecting rod-to-tie rod nut to 70 ft. lbs.
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  13. Adjust toe-in, if necessary.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Tie rod assembly used on the 1972-86 models

1980-86 Models
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pins and nuts attaching the tie rod to the knuckles.
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  5. Remove the steering damper to tie rod nut and move the damper aside.
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