TownAndCountry 2008

Removal & Installation

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Tie Rod Ends



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the front tire and wheel assemblies.
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  7. Wire brush the tie rod threads and liberally soak with penetrating oil. Loosen the inner tie rod-to-outer tie rod jam nut.
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  9. Mark the tie rod position on the inner tie rod threads.
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  11. Remove the tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut by holding the tie rod end stud with an 11 / 32 socket while loosening and removing the nut with a box wrench.
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  13. Using a puller tool, separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. If the joint is to be reused, do not use a wedge-type tool to hammer the connection apart or the outer tie rod end will be damaged.
    NOTE
    Count the number of turns when removing tie rod end. Install the new tie rod end the same amount of turns.



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    Fig. Before removing the tie rod end from the steering knuckle, loosen the tie rod jam nut



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    Fig. To preserve the alignment settings, mark the threads on the tie rod



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    Fig. Remove the tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut; if the stud spins, use a back-up wrench on the stud and hold it stationary

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  15. Unscrew the outer tie rod end from the rack inner tie rod.

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    Fig. If the tie rod stud is frozen inside the steering knuckle, a special separator tool must be used



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    Fig. Once the tie rod end stud is free of the steering knuckle, unscrew it from the tie rod end

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To install:

  1. Thread the new tie rod end onto the inner tie rod, the same number of turns as was required for removal.
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  3. Install the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Install the outer tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut. Torque the nut, using a crowfoot and 11 / 32 socket, to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
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  5. Check the toe setting. Adjust the toe setting to the correct specifications by turning the inner tie rod, taking care not to twist the boot.
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  7. Tighten the jam nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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  9. On each side of the vehicle, install the tire and wheel assembly. Install and tighten the wheel mounting nuts in the proper sequence to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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  11. Lower the vehicle.
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  13. Re-check the wheel alignment and make any adjustments, if necessary. Road test the vehicle.
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