ArvinMeritor Maintenance Manual MM-0361 (Revised 04-10)
Verify that a cotter pin is installed through the tie rod end, and
the tie rod end nut is tightened to the correct torque
specification. Replace a missing cotter pin and tighten a loose
tie rod end nut. A missing cotter pin or loose tie rod end nut
can cause loss of steering control. Serious personal injury and
damage to components can result.
5. Check that the tie rod end nut is installed and secured with a
앫If the cotter pin is missing: Tighten the tie rod end nut to
the correct specification. Install a new cotter pin. Always
tighten the tie rod end nut to the specified torque when
setting the cotter pin. Refer to Section 8. Do not back-off
the nut to insert the cotter pin. Figure 3.4.
6. Check that the tie rod end is threaded correctly into the cross
tube and installed deeper than the end of the cross tube slot.
The tie rod end must be visible the entire length of the cross
tube slot. Figure 3.5.
7. Check that the grease fittings are installed. Replace a damaged
앫If the tie rod ends are non-greaseable: Do not install a
grease fitting. Figure 3.6.
8. By hand or using a pipe wrench with jaw protectors to avoid
gouging the cross tube, rotate the cross tube toward the
FRONT of the vehicle and then toward the REAR. After rotating,
center the cross tube between the stop positions.
앫If the cross tube will not rotate in either direction:
Replace both tie rod ends.
9. Position yourself directly below the ball stud socket. Using both
hands, grasp the assembly end as close to the socket as
possible, no more than six-inches (152.4 mm) from the end.
Missing cotter pin
condition and requires
TIE ROD CROSS
TUBE SLOT END Tie rod threads must
be visible the entire
length of the cross
Tie rod end engaged deeper than
the end of the cross tube slot.