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TIE-ROD END INSPECTION

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2016 – MX-5 – Steering

TIE-ROD END INSPECTION

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. (See NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE DISCONNECTION/CONNECTION.)

2. Remove the front under cover. (See FRONT UNDER COVER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

3. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from the steering gear and linkage. (See INTERMEDIATE SHAFT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

4. Remove the steering gear and linkage. (See STEERING GEAR AND LINKAGE REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

5. Remove the tie-rod end from the steering gear and linkage. (See STEERING GEAR AND LINKAGE DISASSEMBLY.)

6. Inspect the tie-rod end for damage and the boot of the tie-rod end for cracks.

7. Inspect the tie-rod end for excessive play.

8. Rotate the tie-rod end 5 times.

9. Install 2 nuts to the tie-rod end and measure the rotational torque of the tie-rod end using a torque wrench.

    Tie-rod end rotational torque

  • 0.5—3.0 N·m {5.1—30 kgf·cm, 4.5—26 in·lbf}

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