Nissan 240SX/Altima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Tie Rod Ends

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 1: The tie rod end's castle nut is secured by a cotter pin



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Fig. Fig. 2: The tie rod end is attached to the tie rod and steering knuckle (arrows)



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Fig. Fig. 3: The tie rod end's ball joint is a taper fit (arrow) into the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a backup wrench to hold the tie rod steady when loosening the locknut



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Fig. Fig. 5: Count the number of turns it takes to fully remove the tie rod end

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel(s).
  4.  
  5. Remove the castle nut's cotter pin, then remove the castle nut.
  6.  
  7. Detach the tie rod end from the steering knuckle with a ball joint remover tool.
  8.  
  9. Loosen the tie rod locknut.
  10.  
  11. Count the exact number of exposed threads on the tie rod ends and unscrew the tie rod end.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Lubricate the tie rod threads and screw the tie rod ends into place so that the previously noted number of threads are visible with the locknut tightened to 1-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Insert the tie rod end's ball joint stud into the steering knuckle and tighten the castle nut to 22-36 ft. lbs. (29-49 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
  4.  
  5. Install the front wheel(s).
  6.  
  7. Lower the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Check the wheel alignment.
  10.  

 
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