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How-to » Steering & Suspension » Steering » How to Replace an Outer Tie Rod End
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Replace an Outer Tie Rod End

PARTS
  • Tie Rod End
TOOLS
  • Mallet Hammer
  • 5 more tools
STEPS
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Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.



1
Secure the vehicle on a level surface, making sure the vehicle will not roll or lean too much when jacked up.
2
Use a jack to raise the front of the vehicle.
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3
Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
4
Wiggle the wheel left and right while inspecting tie rod end.
5
Visually inspect the tie rod end boot.
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6
Remove the front wheels by removing the lugs nuts that are holding them on. To do this you will need to find the correct size socket and large ratchet or tire iron and turn them counter clockwise.
7
Mark how far the tie rod is threaded into the adjusting sleeve. Loosen the nut and bolt on the adjusting sleeve.
8
Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end castle nut.
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9
Remove the tie rod end castle nut.
10
Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle by using a ball joint puller tool.
11
Unthread the tie rod end from the adjusting sleeve. Be sure to count the number of turns required to remove the tie rod end.
12
Thread the new tie rod end into the adjusting sleeve the same amount of turns as the original.
13
Insert the tie rod end into the steering knuckle.
14
Torque the castle nut to manufacturer's specifications.
15
Insert a new cotter pin. Be sure to bend one leg of the pin over the castle nut to properly secure.
16
Mount wheels and torque lug nuts to manufacturer's specifications in a star (criss-cross) pattern.
17
Have a certified technician perform a wheel alignment to insure proper tire wear and vehicle tracking.
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