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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 14, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Steering Service Kit

I recently purchsed the DSE steering service kit which contains, inner and outer tie rods, tie rod adjusting sleeves, pitman arm and idler arm. I have never attempted to install these componets before. Is there an order of operations as to which parts should come off or go on first or last. Also how difficult are these to insstall in basic hand tools. I will admit I am a bit intimidated by the process since I am not the most competant mechanic. Any resources or advice would be much appreciated.
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Re: Steering Service Kit

They install with common hand tools for many people others will use a torque wrench to tighten the castle nuts. Never back off the nut to align the holes for the cotter pins.

A specialized tool is recommended for the removal of the old parts because of the taper fit. It's possible to release the taper with just a hammer but not recommended by the factory that I know of. A "pickle fork" style tie rod tool should be readily available at you local parts store. There also is a "puller" style tool for this that might be more difficult to find but may be available for rent at your local store also.

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Re: Steering Service Kit

You'll need a pitman arm puller also - either rent or buy (~$20), and a big-*** wrench for the nut that holds it to the box. (1 3/8" I think).

Might be easiest if you work on one side at a time. Example - driver's side - remove tie rod, then pitman. Replace pitman then tie rod. Pass side - remove tie rod then idler, replace idler then tie rod.

On the tie rods - remove them as complte units rather than disassembling them. you can assemble the new tie rods on the bench and use the removed tie rods as a guide to adjust length for the new ones. Keep track of driver and pass sides as the lengths are likely different, then assemble the new ones using the grease zerks as your measuring point. This will get your toe adjustment close to what you had so you can get it to the alignment shop safely.

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Re: Steering Service Kit

Thanks for the replies. I am looking forward to giving this a shot.
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