Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2005 Dodge RAM steering linkage: Replacing independent front suspension?

The Procedure for details and Disassembly of Front Suspension.

The Steering linkage components parts disassembly.

The Procedure mentioned Covers Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 2WD & 4WD. Its For 2001 – 2005 Year Models.

The procedure is as follows:---

Independent Front Suspension

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2. Remove the tie rod cotter pins and nuts.
  3. remove the tie rod end ball studs from the steering knuckles with a suitable puller.
  4. Remove the tie rod ends from the center link.
  5. Remove the idler arm from the center link. Remove the idler arm bolt from the frame bracket.
  6. Remove the pitman arm ball stud from the center link.
  7. Mark the pitman arm and shaft positions for assembly reference. Remove the pitman arm with a suitable puller.
To install:
  1. Check the Torque Specifications chart for proper torque values.
  2. Position the idler arm on the frame bracket and tighten the bolt to specification.
  3. Center the steering gear to the matchmarks and install the pitman arm.
  4. Install the lockwasher and retaining nut on the pitman shaft. Tighten the nut to the proper torque.
  5. Install the center link to the ball studs and tighten the nuts to specification.
  6. Install the tie rod ends into the center link and tighten hardware to specification. Use new cotter pins.
  7. Install the tie rods into the steering knuckles and tighten hardware to spec.
  8. Lower the vehicle, center the steering wheel and adjust toe. 
    Position the clamp on the sleeve so that the retaining bolt is on the bottom side. Tighten to specification.


    Fig. Ram steering linkage-independent front suspension

These details will help.


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