Honda CRV/Odyssey 1995-2000 Repair Information

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Inner Steering Rods



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel/tire assembly.
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  5. Clean the steering rod between the steering boot and outer tie rod end lock nut with a suitable penetrating lubricant and a clean cloth or shop towel.
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  7. Loosen the outer tie rod end locking nut 1 / 8 turn.
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  9. Loosen the steering boot clamp(s), and slide the small clamp off the boot.
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  11. Carefully loosen the boot and slide outward off the steering rack and onto the shaft to expose the inner steering rod mounting fastener.
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  13. If necessary, position the inner steering rack shaft in or out to allow for additional access.
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  15. Relieve the steering rod nut locking tab from the inner steering rack shaft, then loosen the steering rod ball socket nut 1 turn.
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  17. Matchmark the tie rod end to the threaded shaft.
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  19. Remove the cotter key and castle nut from the outer tie rod end threaded spindle, and using a tie rod end removal tool, remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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  21. Hold the tie rod with a wrench, and remove the outer tie rod end from the threaded rod, counting the number of complete turns it takes to remove the tie rod end from the shaft. Write the number of turns on a piece of note paper.
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  23. Remove the tie rod end lock nut from the threaded steering shaft.
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  25. Slide the steering rack boot off the shaft.
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  27. Remove the inner steering rod ball socket nut from the inner steering rack shaft.
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To install:
  1. Inspect the tie rod end for looseness, and the steering rack boot and tie rod end boot for cracks deterioration or damage and replace as necessary.
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  3. Clean steering rack shaft and apply a light coating of Genuine Honda Power steering fluid as necessary.
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  5. Apply a medium strength locking agent to the threads where the inner steering rod ball socket mounts. Use a new locking washer, and on Odyssey models, an new stop washer, and install the inner tie rod onto the steering rack shaft.
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Tighten the inner tie rod end fastener as follows:



CRV models: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
 
4-cylinder Odyssey models: 58 ft. lbs. (78 Nm)
 
V6 Odyssey models: 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm)
 

  1. Peen the lock washer over the nut or onto the flat surface of the steering rack shaft.
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  3. Apply silicone grease to the outer circumference of the inner tie rod end ball socket, and onto the groove just outside of the socket.
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  5. Apply silicone grease to the inside of the small end of the steering rack boot, and slide the boot over the steering shaft and onto the rack and install the boot clamps. If the boot has air hose fittings make sure they are installed as removed.
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  7. Apply a light film of an anti-seize compound onto the threaded tie rod end, and install the tie rod end lock nut.
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  9. Install the tie rod end onto the tie rod, turning it in exactly the number of turns it took to remove it.
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  11. Install the tie rod end following the tie rod end installation procedures in this section
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  13. The balance of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  15. Check the front end alignment and adjust as necessary.
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Outer Tie Rod Ends

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel/tire assembly.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the outer tie rod end locking nut 1 / 8 turn.
  6.  
  7. Matchmark the tie rod end to the threaded shaft.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cotter key and castle nut from the outer tie rod end threaded spindle, and using a tie rod end removal tool, remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
  10.  
  11. Hold the tie rod with a wrench, and remove the outer tie rod end from the threaded rod, counting the number of complete turns it takes to remove the tie rod end from the shaft. Write the number of turns on a piece of note paper.
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See Figures 1 through 5

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Fig. Fig. 1: A line wrench works well when loosening a tie rod end lock nut



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Fig. Fig. 2: Loosen the tie rod end lock nut 1/8 turn to allow for removal of the tie rod end



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Fig. Fig. 3: After removing the cotter key from the threaded tie rod end spindle, remove the mounting nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a tie rod end removal tool to separate the tie rod end from the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 5: When installing the tie rod end, the tapered spindle can be held and seated into the knuckle using locking pliers while the nut is tightened

To install:
  1. Apply a light film of an anti-seize compound onto the threaded tie rod end, and install the tie rod end lock nut.
  2.  
  3. Install the tie rod end onto the tie rod, turning it exactly the number of turns it took to remove it.
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  5. Install the tapered spindle of the tie rod end into the knuckle and tighten the castle head nut to:

    CRV models using a castle nut: 29-35 ft. lbs. (39-47 Nm)
     
    CRV models using a non-castle nut: 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm)
     
    4-cylinder Odyssey models: 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm)
     
    V6 Odyssey models: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
     

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  7. Install a new cotter pin in the tie rod end threaded spindle.
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  9. Tighten the tie rod end lock nut.
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  11. The balance of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  13. Have the front end alignment checked and adjusted as necessary.
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