REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands. Remove the wheel.
- Locate the faulty tie rod end. It will have a lot of play in it and the dust cover will probably be ripped.
- Remove the cotter pin and the tie rod ball joint stud nut. Note the position of the steering linkage.
- Loosen the tie rod-to-steering gear lock-nut.
- Using the Ball Joint Remover tool HT72520000 or equivalent, remove the tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Loosen the lock-nut and remove the tie rod end from the tie rod, counting the number of complete turns it takes to completely free it.
- 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 linkage.
Fit the ball joint and nut, tighten them and install a NEW cotter pin. Torque the ball joint stud nut to specifications. Check front end alignment.
The outer tie rod end-to-steering knuckle torque specification is 40-72 ft. lbs. on the 200SX model.