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06-002/03

2001-2004 TRIBUTE - STEERING RACK NOISE - TIE ROD END INSPECTION PROCEDURE

Note:
This bulletin supersedes the following TSB(s): 02-004/03. Please update your records accordingly.

BULLETIN NOTES
This bulletin supersedes 02-004/03, issued 11/07/03. The REPAIR PROCEDURE has been revised.

APPLICABLE MODEL(S)/VINS
All 2001-2004 Tribute

DESCRIPTION
Some Tributes may experience premature wear and/or noise from the tie rod end, especially from the outer tie rod.

This procedure is designed to provide a more detailed procedure for inspecting tie rod ends. It is also intended to help prevent unnecessary replacement of steering rack when diagnosing customer concern of "noise when turning steering wheel".

Customers having this concern should have their vehicles repaired using the following procedure.

REPAIR PROCEDURE
1. Free Play: Check the outer tie rod ends by grasping by hand and pushing up and down. Check the inner tie rod ends, pushing them front to rear.
^ If any free play is observed in a joint, it is worn and should be replaced.

2. Stud Lash - Free Play: While vehicle is on the ground or on a drive-on hoist, have an assistant rotate the steering wheel rapidly back and forth from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock to 10 o'clock while observing the inner and outer tie rods.
^ If the outer tie rod ends have any vertical movement or the inner tie rod ends have any horizontal movement, the tie rod end with the observed movement should be replaced.

3. Seal/Boot Inspection: Raise the vehicle on the hoist and remove the front wheels. The wheels need to be turned to the left to inspect the passenger side inner tie rod end and to the right to inspect the driver's side inner tie rod end. Inspect all four seals/boots for tears, perforations and wear.
^ If there is any indication of wear or damage to the seal/boot for inner tie rod, the seal/boot should be replaced afier confirming there is no damage to the inner tie rod end ball joint.
^ For wear, damage or failure at outer seal%boot, the tie rod end itself should be replaced.

4. Stud Corrosion: If squeak is noticed during Step 2, disconnect tie rod from knuckle and articulate stud in socket. If squeak, binding or looseness is verified, replace part.
NOTE:
If any tie rod ends are removed, inspect the seal and the stud again, noting any differences in appearance and feel from when the part was on the vehicle. Checking the component afier removal helps improve effective diagnosis when inspecting parts on the vehicle.

5. Verify repair.

WARRANTY INFORMATION
NOTE:
This bulletin is for information and diagnostic support only. Use existing warranty information for warranty repairs and claims.
 
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