Subaru Car 1998-05

Removal & Installation

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Tie Rod



  1. Remove the rack and pinion gearbox and secure it in a vice using Special Tool 926200000.
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  3. Remove tie-rod end and lock nut from gearbox.
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  5. Remove the tie-rod end plate, if equipped
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  7. Remove small clip from boot using pliers, and slide the boot to the tie-rod end side.
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  9. Using a suitable pry tool, remove band from boot.
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  11. Extend the rack approximately 1.57 in. (40 mm) out. Unlock the lock wire at the lock washer on each of the tie rod end using a suitable pry tool.
    CAUTION
    Be careful not to scratch rack surface as oil leaks may result.

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  13. Using Special Tool 92623000 Spanner, loosen the lock nut.
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  15. Tighten the adjusting screw until it no longer turns.
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  17. Using an adjustable wrench, remove the tie rod.

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    Fig. Mount the steering rack in a stand 92623000 and mount the stand in a vise



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    Fig. Remove the tie-rod end plate if equipped



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    Fig. Remove the small clip from the boot



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    Fig. Remove the boot band to remove the boot



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    Fig. Use a pry tool to remove the lock washer



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    Fig. Use a spanner wrench to loosen the lock nut



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    Fig. Use an adjustable wrench to remove the tie-rod

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To install:

  1. Install the lock washer and tighten the tie-rods into the rack ends.
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  3. Stake the lock washer with a chisel.
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  5. Install the boot onto the housing. Ensure the boot sits securely in the groove on the gearbox and rod.
    NOTE
    Before installing the boot, apply grease to the groove of the tie rod.

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  7. Using a screwdriver, tighten the screw of the boot band until the ends -A- and -B- of the band come into contact with each other.
    NOTE
    Always tighten the band from the underside of the steering gear box.

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  9. Install the small clip on the boot end.
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  11. Install the lock plate, if equipped.
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  13. Screw in the lock nut and tie-rod end to the screwed portion of the tie-rod.
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  15. Install the rack and pinion gearbox into the vehicle.

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    Fig. Stake the lock washer with a hammer and chisel



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    Fig. Apply grease to the tie-rod groove as shown, then install the boot so it sits securely in the grooves



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    Fig. Tighten the boot band from the underside until -A- and -B- meet

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Inner
  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands. Remove the wheel.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and the tie rod ball joint stud nut. Note the position of the steering linkage.
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  5. Using a suitable ball joint separator tool, remove the tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  7. Loosen the locknut and remove the tie rod end from the tie rod. Count the number of complete turns it takes to completely remove it.
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  9. Remove the tie rod-to-steering gear locknut.
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  11. Remove the clamps that secure the flexible boot to the steering gear.
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  13. Slide the boot from the inner tie rod and remove the boot.
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  15. Bend the lock plate tabs from the inner tie rod end nut.
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  17. Loosen the inner tie rod end nut from the steering gear and remove the inner tie rod end.
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To install:

  1. Using a new lock plate, install the inner tie rod end and tighten the tie rod to 51-65 ft. lbs. (69-88 Nm).
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  3. Bend the tabs of the new lock plate to secure the inner tie rod end. Slide the boot onto the steering gear and secure it with new clamps.
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  5. Install the outer tie rod-to-steering gear and end, then the locknut turning it in exactly as many turns as it was to remove the old one. Make sure it is correctly positioned in relationship to the steering linkage.
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  7. Connect the outer tie rod end-to-steering knuckle and install the castle nut. Tighten the nut to 18-22 ft. lbs. (25-29 Nm.).
    NOTE
    If the cotter pin holes do not line up never loosen the nut to install the pin. The nut can be tightened up to 60 degrees additional rotation to line up the cotter pin holes.

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  9. Install a new cotter pin to the castle nut. Tighten the tie rod end locking nut to 58-65 ft. lbs. (78-88 Nm).
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  11. Install the wheel and tire assembly. Lower the vehicle and perform a front end alignment.
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Outer


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Fig. Loosen the tie rod locknut-Legacy (1997)



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Fig. Remove the cotter pin from the castle nut (1997)



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Fig. Using a tie rod tool to separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle (1997)



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Fig. While counting the turns, remove the tie rod end (1997)

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands. Remove the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin and the tie rod ball joint stud nut. Note the position of the steering linkage.
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  5. Using a suitable ball joint separator tool, remove the tie rod ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  7. Loosen the locknut and remove the tie rod end from the tie rod. Count the number of complete turns it takes to completely remove it.
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To install:

  1. Install the new tie rod end, turning it in exactly as many turns as it was to remove the old one. Make sure it is correctly positioned in relationship to the steering linkage.
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  3. Connect the outer tie rod end-to-steering knuckle and install the castle nut. Tighten the nut to 18-22 ft. lbs. (25-29 Nm.).
    NOTE
    If the cotter pin holes do not line up never loosen the nut to install the pin. The nut can be tightened up to 60 degrees additional rotation to line up the cotter pin holes.

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  5. Install a new cotter pin to the castle nut. Tighten the tie rod end locking nut to 58-65 ft. lbs. (78-88 Nm).
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  7. Install the wheel and tire assembly. Lower the vehicle and perform a front end alignment.
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