Neon, 2000-2005

Removal & Installation

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Tie Rod Ends



Outer
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Loosen tie rod jam nut. Thread the jam nut far enough up the inner tie rod to pull the collar away from the outer tie rod end. Pull the collar off the end of the outer tie rod.

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    Fig. Inner tie rod (1), outer tie rod jam nut (2), steering knuckle (3), outer tie rod end (4), collar (5) and inner tie rod serration (6)

    Inner tie rod (1), outer tie rod jam nut (2), steering knuckle (3), outer tie rod end (4), collar (5) and inner tie rod serration (6)
  6.  
  7. Remove the nut attaching the outer tie rod end to steering knuckle. Remove the nut by holding the tie rod stud stationary while loosening and removing the nut with a wrench.

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    Fig. Outer tie rod (1), stud (2) and nut (3)

    Outer tie rod (1), stud (2) and nut (3)
  8.  
  9. Remove the outer tie rod from the steering knuckle using Remover, Special Tool MB991113.

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    Fig. Outer tie rod (1) and steering knuckle (2)

    Outer tie rod (1) and steering knuckle (2)
  10.  
  11. Remove the tie rod heat shield.
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  13. Remove the outer tie rod from the inner tie rod by unthreading it.
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To install:

  1. Install the jam nut on the inner tie rod threads if it is not already installed.
    NOTE
    Be sure the collar is installed on the inner tie rod with the flat end of the collar against jam nut and the open end of the collar facing the outer tie rod end.

  2.  
  3. Install the collar on the inner tie rod.
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  5. Thread the outer tie rod onto the inner tie rod.
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  7. Position the collar around the end of the outer tie rod.
  8.  
  9. Thread the jam nut down the inner tie rod far enough to hold the collar in place on the outer tie rod. Do not tighten the jam nut.
  10.  
  11. Place the tie rod heat shield on the knuckle's steering arm, aligning the hole in the shield with the hole in the knuckle and the tangs on the outside of the shield with the outside configuration of the steering arm. The shield should now be facing outboard, away from the power steering gear and tie rod.
  12.  
  13. Attach the outer tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Start the attaching nut onto the stud of the outer tie rod.
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  17. While holding the stud of the tie rod stationary with a wrench, tighten the attaching nut.
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  19. Using a crowfoot wrench attached to a torque wrench, tighten the attaching nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  20.  
  21. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Tighten wheel nut to a torque of 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Lower the vehicle.
  24.  
  25. Adjust the front toe setting on the vehicle.
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