Removal & Installation
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Use a suitable marker to matchmark the tie rod end installation position. This is to ensure proper installation and will lessen the chance that the toe setting will require adjustment.
- Remove and discard the cotter pin, then back off the jam nut from the tie rod end.
- Attach a universal steering linkage puller to the tie rod end. Tighten the puller's threaded rod to separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the castellated nut, then lift the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
- Unscrew the tie rod end from the tie rod, counting the number of turns for alignment purposes during installation.
- Thread the tie rod end onto the tie rod until the matchmarks align. Do not tighten the jam nut.
- Connect the tie rod end to the steering knuckle, then install the castellated nut to the tie rod end stud. Tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). Tighten the nut up to 1 / 6 additional turn, or 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) maximum, to align the cotter pin slot. Never loosen the nut to install the cotter pin.
- Install a new cotter pin into the hole in the tie rod stud.
- Tighten the jam nut against the tie rod end to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
- Carefully lower the vehicle.
- Take the vehicle to reputable repair shop and have the toe professionally checked and/or set. If it is out of adjustment enough, a tire can wear out in only a few miles. It is advisable to have a front end alignment professionally done after replacing steering or suspension components to avoid costly tire wear.