Nissan/Datsun 200SX/510/610/710/810/Maxima 1973-1984 Repair Guide

Tie Rod Ends (Steering Side Rods)

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 To remove the locknut, hold the tie rod so the torque is applied to the nut, not the ball joint



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Fig. Fig. 2 Matchmark the position of the rod to the threads



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Fig. Fig. 3 Use a ball joint puller to remove the tie rod



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the tie rod from the knuckle to allow the end to be unscrewed

You will need a ball joint remover for this operation.

  1. Jack up the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands.
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  3. Locate the faulty tie rod end. It will have a lot of play in it and the dust cover will probably be ripped.
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  5. Remove the cotter key and nut from the tie rod stud. Note the position of the tie rod end in relation to the rest of the steering linkage.
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After loosening the locknut or removing the tie rod end, matchmark the threads with paint or white correction fluid to ensure correct installation length.

  1. Loosen the locknut holding the tie rod to the rest of the steering linkage.
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  3. Free the tie rod ball joint from either the relay rod or steering knuckle by using a ball joint remover.
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  5. Unscrew and remove the tie rod end, counting the number of turns it takes to completely free it.
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To install:

  1. Install the new tie rod end, turning it in exactly as far as you screwed out the old one. Make sure it is correctly positioned in relation to the rest of the steering linkage and aligns with the matchmarks made previously.
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  3. Fit the ball joint and nut, tighten them and install a new cotter pin. Before finally tightening the tie rod locknut or clamp, adjust the toe-in of the vehicle.
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