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TIE ROD INSPECTION

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2016 – MX-5 – Steering

TIE ROD 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. (See STEERING GEAR AND LINKAGE DISASSEMBLY.)

6. Verify that there is no damage to or twisting of the tie rod.

7. Inspect the tie rod for excessive play.

8. Swing the tie rod 10 times.

9. Measure the swing torque of the tie rod using a pull scale.

    Tie rod swing torque

  • 0.4—4.0 N·m {4.1—40 kgf·cm, 3.6—35 in·lbf} [Pull scale reading: 2.5—25.0 N {0.3—2.5 kgf, 0.6—5.6 lbf}]

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