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saturn SL1 sedan 1999 how do you replace suspension tie-rod arm it is bent need to replace it


usually need a special tool

usually need a special tool to remove it - you can rent it at most parts stores like auto zone and when brought back they refund the rental cost.

While you are at it check the

While you are at it check the condition of the outer tie-rod (especially the balljoint part--if its worn out, replace it as well).Either don't forget to have the alignment checked afterwards.

Inner Tie Rod 1.Raise and

Inner Tie Rod

1.Raise and support the vehicle.
2.Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
3.Remove the outer tie rod.
4.Remove the steering gear.

Fig. Remove the inner tie rod to outer tie rod jam nut. Count the threads for installation

5.Remove the inner tie rod to outer tie rod jam nut. Count the threads for installation.
6.Remove the steering gear boot.
7.Slide the shock damper toward the steering gear.

NOTE
The steering gear rack must be held stationary during inner tie rod removal

NOTE
Protect the steering gear rack teeth when removing the inner tie rod end

8.Using two wrenches, remove the inner tie rod end from the steering gear.

To install:

1.Remove any old Loctite® from the threads of the rack and inner tie rod.

NOTE
The threads must be clean prior to thread locker application. Do not use too much thread locker, only enough to evenly coat the threads.

Fig. The threads must be clean prior to thread locker application

2.Apply Loctite 262® or equivalent to the inner tie rod threads.

NOTE
The steering gear rack must be held stationary during inner tie rod installation

NOTE
Protect the steering gear rack teeth when installing the inner tie rod end

3.Use the special tool SA9209C to install the inner tie rod to the steering gear.
4.Tighten the inner tie rod to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
5.Slide the shock damper into position.
6.Install the steering gear boot.
7.Install the tie rod jam nut on the inner tie rod end. Turn the nut on the same number of threads recorded in removal.
8.Install the steering gear.
9.Install the outer tie rod.
10.Install the tire and wheel assembly.
11.Set the front toe.

Outer Tie Rod

1.Raise and support the vehicle.
2.Remove the tire and wheel.
3.Loosen the outer tie rod to inner tie rod jam nut.
4.Remove the outer tie rod to steering knuckle prevailing nut. Discard the nut.

NOTE
Do not free the ball stud by using a pickle fork or a wedge-type tool. Damage to the seal or bushing may result.

Fig. Using the special tool SA91100C, separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle

5.Using the special tool SA91100C, separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
6.Remove the outer tie rod from the inner tie rod.

To install:

NOTE
The threads of the inner tie rod must be clean and free of debris.

1.Install the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod.
2.Connect the outer tie rod to the steering knuckle.
3.Seat the ball stud taper in to the steering knuckle by tightening the special tool J44015 to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).

NOTE
Hold the ball stud from turning during installation of the prevailing nut.

4.Install a new torque prevailing nut to the tie rod ball stud, and tighten the nut to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
5.Install the tire and wheel.
6.Set the front toe.

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