1987 Volvo 240 Inner Tie Rod Removal Instructions

Volvo's 240 series, built from 1974 to 1993, is a simple, sturdy and somewhat over-built vehicle with a well-deserved reputation for reliability. With regular maintenance, the cars will last a long time. Proper and timely replacement of wear items like brake pads, shocks and tie rods will help keep your 240 running for hundreds of thousands of miles. Unlike some modern cars, the Volvo 240 has a simple power steering gear with tie rod "ends" that attach directly to the rack without having "inner" and "outer" tie rods to wear out. Replacement is thus very simple.

Tools Used: Chalk or paint marker, Jack and jack stands, Metric open-end and socket wrench set, Tie rod fork or puller, Torque wrench

Remove Inner Tie Rod

Raise the front of the car and support it securely on jackstands. Remove the wheel.

Hold the tie rod in place and break loose the lock nut securing the tie rod end to the tie rod with an open-end wrench. This nut is located at the very end of the tie rod and looks like a part of it. Leave it as close to its original position as possible.

Remove the nut holding the tie rod end to the steering arm with the socket wrench. Use a press or tie rod fork to disconnect the tie rod from the steering arm.

Use the chalk or paint marker to mark the tie rod end's position on the tie rod.

Unscrew and remove the tie rod end from the tie rod.

Screw the new tie rod end onto the tie rod. Match it as closely as possible to the mark where the old part was, then tighten the lock nut. Torque the tie rod end lock nut to 51 foot-pounds (plus or minus 7) or 70 Nm (plus or minus 10).

Connect the new tie rod end to the steering arm, using a new nut. Torque it to 44 foot-pounds (plus or minus 8) or 60 Nm (plus or minus 10).

Have the vehicle professionally aligned to prevent tire wear.

Tips & Warnings

Once the vehicle is on the jack stands, rock it vigorously before removing the jack to be sure that it is secure.

Volvo suggests that a light coating of rustproofing or other thread protectant be applied to the exposed threads on the tie rod once the new tie rod end has been installed.

Do not use excessive force when removing the tie rod end from the steering arm, as it can damage the other steering and suspension components. Use only a tool designed for removing tie rods to press the tie rod end free -- a hammer or other prying tool will cause damage.

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