Tie Rod Ends
- Loosen the front wheel lug nuts.
- Raise the front of the vehicle and support the body with safety stands.
- Remove the front wheels.
- With a wire brush remove all the dirt and grease from the tie rod end, clamp bolt or lock nut and threads.
- Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end and discard.
- Use white crayon or similar marker to place alignment marks on the tie rods and rack ends.
- Loosen but do NOT remove the castellated nut from the tie rod end.
- Place a suitable puller around the ball of the tie rod end and force the shaft out.
- Lift the tie rod out of the control arm and inspect the nut threads.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adjust the toe-in.
- 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).
- 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.
- Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.