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    Removal & Installation

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    1. Index the tie rod end and spindle tie rod end with a suitable marking device.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the tie rod end jam nut.
    4.  
    5. Remove the cotter pin.
    6.  
    7. Remove the nut.
    8.  
    9. Using the special tool, separate the tie rod end from the front wheel knuckle.
    10.  
    11. Remove the tie rod end.
    12.  

    To install:


    NOTE
    Apply Silicone Brake Caliper Grease and Dielectric Compound D7AZ-19A331-A or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESE-M1C171-A to the front wheel spindle tie rod threads


    NOTE
    Check that the front suspension steering ball stud dust seal is not twisted and the breather tube is securely inserted into the breather nipple at both front suspension steering ball stud dust seals.

    1. Remove the tie rod end.
    2.  
    3. Attach the tie rod end to the front wheel knuckle.
    4.  
    5. Install the cotter pin and nut.

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      Fig. The torque specification for the tie rod nut

    6.  
    7. Tighten the tie rod end jam nut.

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      Fig. Tighten the tie rod end jam nut to the specified torque

    8.  

    Tie Rod Ends



    Outer



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    Fig. Outer tie rod end castellated nut (1) and jam nut (2)

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Remove the wheel.
    4.  
    5. Remove the cotter pin and the castellated nut from the outer tie rod end. Discard the cotter pin.
    6.  
    7. Separate the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle using an appropriate tie rod end remover.
    8.  
    9. Mark the outer tie rod jam nut on one side with a reference line for installation.
    10.  
    11. Hold the outer tie rod end with a wrench and loosen the tie rod end jam nut.
    12.  
    13. Back the tie rod end jam nut off ONE FULL TURN ONLY.
    14.  
    15. Remove the outer tie rod end from the inner tie rod spindle.

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      Fig. Using a tie rod end remover to separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle



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      Fig. Make alignment marks as shown before loosening the tie rod end jam nut



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      Fig. Loosening the tie rod end jam nut

    16.  

    To install:

    1. Clean the threads on the inner tie rod spindle (front wheel spindle connecting rod).
    2.  
    3. Thread the new outer tie rod end onto the inner tie rod until it bottoms on the jam nut.
    4.  
    5. Back the tie rod and jam nut out one full turn until the reference line is in the same position as before.
    6.  
    7. Place the outer tie rod end stud into the steering knuckle. Set the front wheels in a straight ahead position.
    8.  
    9. Install a new castellated nut onto the outer tie rod end stud.
    10.  
    11. Torque the nut to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm).
    12.  
    13. Continue to tighten the castellated nut until a new cotter pin can be inserted through the hole in the stud. Install a new cotter pin.
    14.  
    15. If required, repeat the procedure for the opposite side.
    16.  
    17. Reinstall the wheel and tire assembly. Torque the lug nuts to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
    18.  
    19. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
    20.  
    21. Check the alignment and set the toe adjustment to specification.
    22.  
    23. Torque the outer tie rod end jam nut to 58-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm) on 1993-98 vehicles. On 1999-00 vehicles, tighten the jam nut to 30-60 ft. lbs. (41-81 Nm).
    24.  

     
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