2. Move the ball joint stud in a circular motion several times to check for looseness.
3. Mount the nuts on the ball joint, and then measure the ball joint starting torque.
4. If the starting torque exceeds the upper limit of the standard value, replace the tie rod end.
5. Even if the starting torque is below the lower limit of the standard value, check the play of the ball joint and
replace if necessary.
CHECKING STATIONARY STEERING EFFORT
1. Position the vehicle on a level surface and place the steering wheel in the straight ahead position.
2. Increase the engine speed to 1000 ± 100 rpm.
After checking, reset the engine speed to the standard value (idling speed).
3. Measure the turning force with a spring scale by turning the steering wheel clockwise and counterclockwise
one and a half turns.
4. Check that there is no sudden change of force while turning the steering wheel.
5. If the stationary steering effort is excessive, check and adjust the following points.
(1) Damage or cracks on the dust cover and tie rod end ball joint.
(2) Pinion preload of the steering gear box and starting torque of the tie rod end ball joint.