Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Tie Rod Ends

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

  1. Loosen the front wheel lug nuts.
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  3. Raise the front of the vehicle and support the body with safety stands.
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  5. Remove the front wheels.
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Fig. Fig. 1: The tie rod end is attached to the steering knuckle with a cotter pin (2) and castellated nut (1)

  1. With a wire brush remove all the dirt and grease from the tie rod end, clamp bolt or lock nut and threads.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the tie rod end cotter pin and discard it

  1. Loosen the locknut from the tie rod by retaining the rod with a second wrench. There is a cut-out on the end of the tie rod near the steering knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Use two wrenches to loosen the lock nut on the inner end of the tie rod

  1. Use white crayon or similar marker to place alignment marks on the tie rods and rack ends.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Place matchmarks on the tie rod end and rack end threads

  1. Place a tie rod puller on the end and separate the end from the knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Using a tie rod puller to separate the end form the knuckle

  1. Renove the castleated nut, then unscrew the tie rod end from the steering rack. Counting the number of turns it takes to completely free the tie rod end from the steering rack is also a good reference for installation of the tie rod to its original position.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the nut and pull the end from the knuckle

To install:


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Fig. Fig. 7: Inspect the end and threads if reusing

  1. Install the lock nut or clamp bolt. Screw the tie rod end onto the rack until the marks on the tie rod are aligned with the marks on the rack. The tie rod ends must be screwed equally on both sides of the rack.
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  3. Adjust the toe-in.
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  5. On tie rod ends with clamps, tighten the clamp nut to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm). On tie rod ends with lock nuts, tighten the nut to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  7. Connect the tie rod ends to the steering knuckle arm and tighten the nuts to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Install a new cotter pin and wrap the prongs firmly around the flats of the nuts.
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  9. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
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