Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Use a tie rod end removal tool to pop it loose from the knuckle.

Tie Rod Ends
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NOTE
On manual steering and TRW power steering gear, only the right side tie rod end is removable. The left tie rod must be replaced if the end joint is worn. On all vehicles, the front wheels must be aligned after steering gear repairs.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise the front of the car, then support it with jackstands. Remove the front wheels.
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  5. Disconnect the outer end of the steering tie rod from the steering knuckle by removing the cotter pin and nut, then pressing out the tie rod end.
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NOTE
A small puller or tie rod separator is required to free the tie rod end.

  1. Under the hood, pry off the lock plate and remove the mounting bolts from both tie rod inner ends.
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  3. Pry the tie rod out of the mounting pivot and remove.
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To install:

  1. If you are replacing an adjustable tie rod, adjust the new tie rod to the same length.
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  3. Install the tie rod on the mounting pivot. Tighten the pivot bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). Install a new lock plate.
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  5. Connect the tie rod to the steering knuckle. Tighten the tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
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  7. Install the front wheels, then lower the vehicle. Have the alignment (toe) checked.
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  9. Connect the battery cable.
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1990-94 Cabriolet, 1990-92 Golf and Jetta

NOTE
This procedure may throw the vehicles wheel alignment (specifically the toe angle) out of specification. A wheel alignment is recommended upon completion of the following steps.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jack stands and center the steering wheel.
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NOTE
On manual steering and TRW power steering gear, only the right side tie rod end is removable. The left tie rod must be replaced if the end joint is worn. On all vehicles, the front wheels must be aligned after steering gear repairs.

  1. Remove the cotter pin and use a ball joint press to disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. If a ball joint press is not available:

    Loosen but do not remove the nut from the tie rod end.
     
    Place a floor jack under the tie rod as close to the end as possible and raise it just enough to put pressure on the tie rod end. Do not lift the suspension.
     
    Where the tie rod end fits into the steering knuckle, rap sharply with a hammer directly on the end of the steering knuckle boss. The tie rod end should jump out of the tapered hole in the boss.
     

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  3. Mark or measure the length of the right tie rod so it can be installed with the correct toe adjustment.
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  5. On the right side tie rod, hold the rod with a wrench and loosen the lock nut. Count the number of turns required to remove the tie rod end.
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  7. To remove the left tie rod, disconnect the rubber boot from the end of the steering rack and turn the steering wheel all the way to the right.
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  9. Loosen the lock nut and unscrew the tie rod from the steering rack.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure each tie rod is the original length before tightening the lock nuts.
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  3. After inserting the tie rod end into the steering knuckle, tighten the nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) and tighten as required to install a new cotter pin.
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1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta

NOTE
This procedure may throw the vehicles wheel alignment (specifically the toe angle) out of specification. A wheel alignment is recommended upon completion of the following steps.

  1. Engage the parking brake.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jack stands and center the steering wheel.
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NOTE
Do not lift the suspension.

  1. Remove the front wheel(s).
  2.  
  3. Hold the tie-rod end and loosen the jam nut a half turn.
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  5. Loosen and remove the nut from the tie rod end that attaches it to the steering knuckle.
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  7. Use a ball joint / tie-rod end separator to pull the tie-rod end from the steering knuckle.
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  9. Count and record the number of turns that are required to remove the tie-rod end from the rod itself. This will allow you to position the new tie-rod end close to the original mark, thus keeping the vehicles alignment close to specification.
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To install:


NOTE
A new tie-rod end retaining nut is required any time the nut has been removed.

  1. Clean the tie-rod end threads as well as those on the tie-rod.
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  3. Install a new tie-rod end onto the tie-rod and thread it to the correct number of threads.
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  5. Tighten the jam nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
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  7. Install the tie-rod end into the spindle.
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  9. Install the lock-nut and tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  11. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Tighten the lug nuts to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
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  13. Lower the vehicle and test the steering.
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  15. Check to ensure all components have been reinstalled and tightened to the proper setting.
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  17. Have the vehicles alignment checked by and authorized repair facility.
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