Originally posted by HanMan
thank you... i saw your post but i had those questions about the tie rod and such and was lookin for a little more info as far as the actual job step by step ect.
If you're going to do this work yourself, you really should get a manual. But the tie rod ends are easy to replace.
Remove the cotter pin and nut.
Knock off the tie rod with a ball joint seperator or some kind of tie rod removal tool.
Loosen the jam nut. (Nut on opposite end of tie rod)
Make a note of how far the tie rod end is screwed onto the rod. Counting threads is the usual method.
Spin off the tie rod end.
Probably will need to hit it with penetrating oil.
Spin on the new one to the depth you made a note of above.
Put the tie rod back on the knuckle and tighten the castle nut to 35 ft pounds then continue tightening until you align the next castellation of the nut with the hole for the new cotter pin.
Then tighten up the jam nut. 35-45 ft lbs.
If you are replacing both sides, do one side at a time to minimize and chance of the steering linkage or wheels moving and throwing off your steering wheel.
Then go get your alignment checked.