Removal & Installation
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the wheel.
- Remove the cotter pin and the castellated nut from the outer tie rod end. Discard the cotter pin.
- Separate the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle using an appropriate tie rod end remover.
- Mark the outer tie rod jam nut on one side with a reference line for installation.
- Hold the outer tie rod end with a wrench and loosen the tie rod end jam nut.
- Back the tie rod end jam nut off ONE FULL TURN ONLY.
Remove the outer tie rod end from the inner tie rod spindle.
- Clean the threads on the inner tie rod spindle (front wheel spindle connecting rod).
- Thread the new outer tie rod end onto the inner tie rod until it bottoms on the jam nut.
- Back the tie rod and jam nut out one full turn until the reference line is in the same position as before.
- Place the outer tie rod end stud into the steering knuckle. Set the front wheels in a straight ahead position.
- Install a new castellated nut onto the outer tie rod end stud.
- Torque the nut to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm).
- Continue to tighten the castellated nut until a new cotter pin can be inserted through the hole in the stud. Install a new cotter pin.
- If required, repeat the procedure for the opposite side.
- Reinstall the wheel and tire assembly. Torque the lug nuts to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
- Reconnect the negative battery cable.
- Check the alignment and set the toe adjustment to specification.
- Torque the outer tie rod end jam nut to 58-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm) on 1993-98 vehicles. On 1999-00 vehicles, tighten the jam nut to 30-60 ft. lbs. (41-81 Nm).