Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Tie Rod Ends

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 A special tool is available to separate the tie rod end



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Fig. Fig. 2 Exploded view of the tie rod ends, and related steering components



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Fig. Fig. 3 Before beginning removal, matchmark the installed position of the tie-rod end



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove and discard the tie-rod end cotter pin



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Fig. Fig. 5 Use a ratchet to loosen and remove the nut from the tie-rod end stud



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Fig. Fig. 6 If you have access to one, attach a puller to the tie-rod end ...



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Fig. Fig. 7 ... then use it to free the tie-rod end from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 8 Loosen the tie-rod end clamp bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 9 ... then unscrew the tie-rod end to remove it from the vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 10 Tie rod clamp and sleeve positioning

  1. Remove the cotter pins and nuts from the tie-rod end studs.
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  3. Tap on the steering arm near the tie-rod end (use another hammer as backing) and pull down on the tie-rod, if necessary, to free it.
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  5. Remove the inner stud in the same manner as the outer.
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  7. Loosen the clamp bolts and unscrew the ends if they are being replaced.
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  9. Lubricate the tie-rod end threads with chassis grease if they were removed. Install each end assembly an equal distance from the sleeve.
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  11. Ensure that the tie-rod end stud threads and nut are clean. Install new seals and install the studs into the steering arms and relay rod.
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  13. Install the stud nuts. Tighten the inner and outer end nuts to 35 ft. lbs. Install new cotter pins.
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  15. Have a reputable repair shop check and adjust the toe-in if necessary.
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Before tightening the sleeve clamps, ensure that the clamps are positioned so that adjusting sleeve slot is covered by the clamp. Never back nut off to insert cotter pin; always tighten it until the pin can fit through the castellations.

 
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