Malibu, Malibu MAXX 2006-2008

Tie Rod Ends

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  7. Remove the outer tie rod.
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  9. Remove the steering gear.

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    Fig. Remove the inner tie rod to outer tie rod jam nut. Count the threads for installation

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  11. Remove the inner tie rod to outer tie rod jam nut. Count the threads for installation.
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  13. Remove the steering gear boot.
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  15. Slide the shock damper toward the steering gear.
    NOTE
    The steering gear rack must be held stationary during inner tie rod installation.


    NOTE
    Protect the steering gear rack teeth when installing the inner tie rod end



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    Fig. Slide the shock damper toward the steering gear

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  17. Using two wrenches, remove the inner tie rod end from the steering gear.

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    Fig. Using two wrenches, remove the inner tie rod end from the steering gear

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To install:

  1. Remove any old Loctite® from the threads of the rack and inner tie rod.
    NOTE
     The threads must be clean prior to thread locker application. Do not use too much thread locker, only enough to evenly coat the threads.



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    Fig. Apply Loctite 262® or equivalent to the inner tie rod threads

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  3. Apply Loctite 262® or equivalent to the inner tie rod threads.
    NOTE
    The steering gear rack must be held stationary during inner tie rod installation.


    NOTE
    Protect the steering gear rack teeth when installing the inner tie rod end

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  5. Use the special tool J34028 to install the inner tie rod to the steering gear, and tighten the inner tie rod to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  7. Slide the shock damper into position.
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  9. Install the steering gear boot.
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  11. Install the tie rod jam nut on the inner tie rod end. Turn the nut on the same number of threads recorded in removal.
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  13. Install the steering gear.
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  15. Install the outer tie rod.
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  17. Install the tire and wheel assembly
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  19. Set the front toe.
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