Nissan Sentra/Pulsar/NX 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Tie Rod Ends (Steering Side Rods)

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6



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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a pair of needlenose pliers to straighten and remove the cotter pin



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a wrench to remove the tie rod ball joint stud nut



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Fig. Fig. 3: Use a ball joint removal tool to press the ball joint from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 4: Unthread the tie rod end from the tie rod



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Fig. Fig. 5: To ease installation, matchmark the location of the tie rod end locknut ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... or note the length of the tie rod's exposed threads

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands. Remove the wheel.
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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 pin and the tie rod ball joint stud nut. Note the position of the steering linkage.
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  7. Loosen the tie rod end-to-steering gear (tie rod) locknut.
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  9. Using the Ball Joint Remover tool HT72520000, remove the tie rod ball joint from the strut or steering knuckle.
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  11. Unscrew the tie rod end from the tie rod, 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 relationship to the steering gear.
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  3. Fit the ball joint and nut, tighten them and install a new cotter pin. Tighten the ball joint stud nut to 22-36 ft. lbs. (30-49 Nm) and the ball joint-to-tie rod end locknut to 27-34 ft. lbs. (37-46 Nm).
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Before finally tightening the tie rod locknut or clamp, adjust the toe-in of the vehicle to a rough setting, as described under Front Suspension. Have a qualified alignment technician align the front end.

 
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