Silverado 2008

Steering Linkage

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Removal & Installation



Idler Arm

Specific to:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the skid plate, if equipped.

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    Fig. Skid plate and related components-type one



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    Fig. Skid plate and related components-type one

  6.  
  7. Remove the idler arm ball stud nut. Discard the nut.
  8.  
  9. Using a screw-type ball joint tool, separate the idler arm from the relay rod.

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    Fig. Idler arm and related components

  10.  
  11. Remove the idler arm retaining bolts.
  12.  
  13. Remove the component from its mounting.
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To install:


NOTE
Be sure to use new fasteners, as required.

  1. Make sure that the threads on the ball stud and in the ball stud nut are clean and smooth. If threads are not clean and smooth, ball stud may turn in the socket when attempting to tighten nut. Check condition of ball stud seal; replace if necessary.
  2.  
  3. Position the idler arm on the frame and install the mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the retaining bolts to 78 ft. lbs. (105 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the idler arm ball stud in the relay rod, making certain the seal is positioned properly. Tighten the new ball stud nut to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm). Always advance the nut to align the cotter pin hole. NEVER back it off!
  8.  
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Check and adjust the front end alignment, as required.
  12.  

Steering Linkage Shock Absorber

Specific to:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the skid plate, if equipped.

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    Fig. Skid plate and related components-type one



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    Fig. Skid plate and related components-type one

  6.  
  7. Remove the frame end nut and bolt.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the relay rod end. It may be necessary to separate the shock from the relay rod with a screw-type ball joint tool.

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    Fig. Steering linkage shock absorber and related components

  10.  

To install:


NOTE
Be sure to use new fasteners, as required.

  1. Install the shock and tighten the frame end nut and bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm); the relay rod end nut to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm).Always advance the nut to align the cotter pin hole. NEVER back it off! A maximum torque of 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm) is permissible to align the hole.
  2.  

Relay Rod (Center Link)

Specific to:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly, as necessary.
  6.  
  7. Remove the skid plate, if equipped.

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    Fig. Skid plate and related components-type one



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    Fig. Skid plate and related components-type one



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    Fig. Steering linkage shock absorber and related components

  8.  
  9. Disconnect the steering shock absorber from the relay rod.
  10.  
  11. Remove the nut and disconnect the inner tie rod ball joint from the relay rod using a screw-type ball joint tool. Discard the nut.
  12.  
  13. Remove the nuts from the Pitman and idler arm ball studs at the relay rod. Discard the nuts.
  14.  
  15. Using a screw-type ball joint tool, disconnect the relay rod from the Pitman and idler arm.
  16.  
  17. Remove the relay rod from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Relay rod and related components

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To install:


NOTE
Be sure to use new fasteners, as required.

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal but please note the following important steps.
  2.  
  3. Make sure that threads on the ball studs and in the ball stud nuts are clean and smooth. If the threads are not clean and smooth, ball studs may turn in sockets when attempting to tighten nut. Check condition of ball stud seals; replace if necessary.
  4.  
  5. Connect the relay rod to the idler arm and Pitman arm ball studs, making certain the seals are in place. Tighten the new ball stud nut to 46 ft. lbs. (62 Nm). Always advance the nut to align the cotter pin hole. NEVER back it off!
  6.  
  7. Install the tie rod to the center link.
  8.  
  9. Install the shock absorber.
  10.  

Pitman Arm

Specific to:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering gear from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Power steering gear and related components-680 gear

  6.  
  7. Remove the pitman arm nut, then extract the pitman arm using puller J6632-01 or equivalent.

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    Fig. Pitman arm and related components

  8.  

To install:


NOTE
Be sure to use new fasteners, as required.

  1. Install the arm so the marks line up with those on the shaft. Tighten the nut to 184 ft. lbs. (250 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the steering gear in the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Check and adjust the alignment, as required.
  6.  

Tie Rod Ends
Inner Tie Rod End

Specific to:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove the outer tie rod end.

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    Fig. Outer tie rod end and related components



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    Fig. Inner tie rod end removal

  8.  
  9. Using tool J34028, remove the inner tie rod from the relay rod.
  10.  

To install:


NOTE
Be sure to use new fasteners, as required.

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. Check and adjust the front end wheel alignment, as required.
  4.  

Outer Tie Rod End

Specific to:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2008

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove the nut from the knuckle end ball stud. Discard the nut.
  8.  
  9. Using a screw-type ball joint tool, separate the tie rod ball stud from the knuckle.
  10.  
  11. Clean the threaded parts of the tie rod ends thoroughly and count the exact number of threads exposed on each tie rod end. Measure the overall length of the tie rod assembly.
  12.  
  13. Loosen, but do not remove the jam nut. Remove the tie rod.

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    Fig. Outer tie rod end and related components

  14.  

To install:


NOTE
Be sure to use new fasteners, as required.

  1. Coat the threaded parts of the new tie rod ends with chassis grease. Screw the tie rod ends in until the exact number of threads is exposed on each tie rod end. Check the overall length of the new assembly. Adjust as necessary.
  2.  
  3. Position the tie rod end in the knuckle. Install the new nut and tighten it to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm)
  4.  
  5. Tighten the jam nut.
  6.  

 
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