- Raise the front of the vehicle and support it safely. Remove the wheel.
- Remove the cotter pin and nut holding the tie rod to the steering knuckle.
Using a tie rod separator, press the tie rod out of the knuckle.
NOTEUse only the correct tool to separate the tie rod joint. Replace the boot if the rubber is cracked or ripped.
- Matchmark the inner end of the tie rod to the end of the steering rack.
- Loosen the locknut and remove the tie rod (count the number turns out to remove the tie rod) from the steering rack.
- Install the tie rod end (count the same amount of turns in for correct installation) onto the rack ends and align the matchmarks made earlier.
- Tighten the locknut to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
- Connect the tie rod to the knuckle. Tighten the tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm) and install a new cotter pin. Wrap the prongs of the cotter pin firmly around the flats of the nut.
- If the vehicle is equipped with lubrication fittings, lubricate the suspension and chassis components.
- Install the wheel and lower the vehicle to the ground. Check the front end alignment. The toe adjustment may have to be reset.