REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Scribe alignment marks on the tie rod and rack end (rack and pinion cars only).
- Working at the steering knuckle arm, pull out the cotter pin and then remove the castellated nut.
- Using a tie rod end puller, disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle arm.
- Repeat the first two steps on the other end of the tie rod (where it attaches to the relay rod).
On the non-rack and pinion cars, turn the tie rods in their adjusting tubes until they are of equal lengths. They should be approximately 12.60 inch long.
- Turn the tie rod ends so that they cross at 90°deg;. Tighten the adjusting tube clamps so that they lock the ends in position.
- Connect the tie rods and tighten the nuts to 37-50 ft. lbs. (50-67 Nm).
- Check the toe. Adjust if necessary.
On the rack and pinion cars align the alignment marks on the tie rod and rack end.
- Install the tie rod end.
- Tighten the nuts to 11-14 ft. lbs. (14-18 Nm) on models through 1983, and 19 ft. lbs. (25 Nm) on 1984-85 models.