Nissan Z - ZX 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Tie Rod and Steering Ball Joint

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

  1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands. Block the rear wheels.
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  3. Remove and discard the cotter pin from the ball joint stud at the steering knuckle arm. Remove the castle nut from the ball joint stud.
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  5. Using the Steering Ball Joint Removal tool No. HT2520000, separate the outer ball joint from the knuckle arm and the inner ball joint from the cross rod.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of manual steering tie rod and components



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Fig. Fig. 2: Power steering components; (1) is the outer ball stud nut, (2) is the tie rod, (3) is the knuckle arm



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the retaining nut securing the tie rod to the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 5: Use a puller to separate the tie rod from the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 6: If you are re-installing the tie rod, inspect it carefully



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Fig. Fig. 7: This tie rod should be replaced because the cracks will soon allow the grease to escape and cause the joint to fail



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Fig. Fig. 8: Paint an alignment mark on the threaded portion of the rack before removing



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Fig. Fig. 9: Use two wrenches to loosen the locknut from the tie rod



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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the tie rod by twisting the rod off the rack threads

  1. Loosen the adjusting sleeve clamp nut on the tie rod side and unscrew the tie rod.
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  3. To install, reverse the removal procedure, tighten the ball joint stud nut (castle nut) to 40-55 ft. lbs. (55-76 Nm) for 1970-78 models or 40-72 ft. lbs. (54-98 Nm) for 1979-88 models; the tie rod-to-steering gear nut to 58-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Tighten the castle nut to align the cotter pin holes but do not loosen it.
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  5. Check and/or adjust the toe-in as necessary.
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