Pontiac Fiero 1984-1988 Repair Guide

Tie Rod End

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Location of a common outer tie rod (tie rod end) and its related components



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Fig. Fig. 2 Matchmark the tie rod and tie rod end before removal, to aid in installation



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Fig. Fig. 3 Loosen tie rod end jam nut



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the tie rod-to-knuckle cotter pin, then ...



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Fig. Fig. 5 Use a ratchet and socket to remove the tie rod-to-knuckle retaining nut



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Fig. Fig. 6 Unthread and remove the tie rod end from the tie rod

  1. Loosen the jam nut.
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  3. Remove the tie rod-to-knuckle cotter pin and nut. Remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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GM recommends a special tool for this procedure. Tool No. J-24319 or BT-7101.

  1. Count the number of threads showing on the tie rod, inboard of the jam nut. This number will be a reference for installing the new tie rod end. Remove the outer tie rod.
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To install:

  1. Thread the outer tie rod end onto the inner tie rod the same number of revolutions as removed.
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  3. Install the outer tie rod end-to-knuckle and torque the nut to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
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  5. Make sure the boot is not twisted then torque the jam nut to 50 ft. lbs. (70 Nm). Do not tighten the jam nut at this time.
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  7. Adjust the toe-in by turning the inner tie rod. This procedure should be performed by a qualified alignment technician.
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