Toyota Celica 1994-1998 Repair Guide

Steering Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Tie Rod Ends

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

  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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  7. 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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  9. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end and discard.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Always discard the cotter pin when removed from any component

  1. Use white crayon or similar marker to place alignment marks on the tie rods and rack ends.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Place a paint mark on the threads where the tie rod sits on the shaft

  1. Loosen but do not remove the castellated nut from the tie rod end.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Loosen but do not remove the castellated nut from the tie rod end

  1. Place a suitable puller around the ball of the tie rod end and force the shaft out.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Install a puller around the tie rod end and force the components apart

  1. Lift the tie rod out of the control arm and inspect the nut threads.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Tie rod end (1) and castellated nut (2)

  1. Count the number of turns it takes to completely free the tie rod end from the steering rack, this is a good reference for installation of the tie rod to its original position.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Count the number of turns when removing the tie rod end form the steering shaft

To install:
  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 36 ft. lbs. (49 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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