How to Replace an Outer Tie Rod End

Below guide will teach you How to Replace an Outer Tie Rod End . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Combination Wrench Set
  • Mallet Hammer
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Channellock Pliers
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Tie Rod Turning Tool
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet.
  • Tie Rod End

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $143.91 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $248.86 parts and labor

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  • Park the vehicle on a flat surface and apply parking brake.
  • Lift the front of the vehicle with jack and secure it on jack stands to ensure your safety during the repair work.
  • Move the wheel in left and right direction to check the tie rod end.
  • Carefully examine the tie rod end boot.
  • Unfasten the lug nuts and take the front wheels away.
  • It is suggestible to mark the point that will show you how far the tie rod is threaded into the adjusting sleeve. Unfasten the nut and bolt on the adjusting sleeve.
  • Take the cotter pin from the tie rod end castle nut off.
  • Take the tie rod castle nut away.
  • Detach the tie rod end from the steering knuckle with the help of a ball joint puller tool.
  • Remove the tie rod end from the adjusting sleeve.
  • Take a new tie rod end and thread up to the mark you have made earlier to match with the original setting.
  • Put the tie rod end into the steering knuckle.
  • Follow manufacturer’s specifications for the torque setting.
  • Put new cotter pin over the tie rod end nut.
  • Reinstall the wheels and lower the vehicle.

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