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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Changing Inner Tie Rod

Can someone point me in the right direction of a forum on how to change the inner tie rod.. or can you just tell me here... i kind of have an idea of what to do but i wanna make sure

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Without getting into all the detail.

Raise the car.
Turn the wheels all the way to the right (clockwise).
Remove the windshield wipers.
Remove the plastic cowl cover.
Remove the strut brace.
Remove all the air filter stuff.

Now you can see the bushings.

You can loosen both but only remove one at a time.
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When you're all done torque them to 74 foot pounds
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so i wouldnt need a tie rod removal tool... i will just have to pull the bolt out and put the new one in
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I didn't realize until just now there is a great how-to.

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so i wouldnt need a tie rod removal tool... i will just have to pull the bolt out and put the new one in
You only need the tool if you plan to install the O.E.M. bushings. (Press-in type.)
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You only need the tool if you plan to install the O.E.M. bushings. (Press-in type.)
Doesn't whether or not you need the tie rod tool depend on how bad the original bushings are? I you need to drill or torch out the old OEM bushings, it will be easier with the tie rods out of the car.

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Doesn't whether or not you need the tie rod tool depend on how bad the original bushings are? I you need to drill or torch out the old bushings, it will be easier with the tie rods out of the car.
Agreed, it is easier to install the O.E.M. bushings on the bench. I never had to drill or torch any inner bushings. Usually, after the center wears out, they pretty much just fall out when unbolted from the rack.
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I'm not replacing the bushing....I'm replacing the inner tie rod

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So at the step where you take out the old bushing I would just take out the whole tie rod... Correct me if I'm wrong

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Yes remove the tie-rod.
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Awesome... Thanks alot everyone... I'll let you know how it goes

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I'm not replacing the bushing....I'm replacing the inner tie rod.
My mistake. Changing the full tie rod is so rare and changing the tie rod bushings is so common. Why change out the steel when only the bushing wears out? The bushing costs about half the price of the tie rods and the labor is about the same either way.
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So - let me see if I have this right - to replace the inner tie rod, you have to remove the old tie rod?

Seriously - BigDE - why are you replacing the whole iner tie rod rather than just the bushings? I ask because the inner tie rod itself does not wear out - it can only get dam,aged if there is a serious accident. Only the bushings wear out. I would suggest taking the same money, getting the bushings *and* replacing the toe adjuster sleeves with a pair of aftermarket ones that have the big hex on them to replace the poorly-designed factory ones. Aftermarket has both types, so make sure you get the ones with the hex part.


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I am replacing the old inner tie rods because when I went to have my car aligned... The place that was doing it broke part of my adjustment sleeve off so I'm guessing that the sleeve is rusted to the threads... If I get in there and they aren't then I won't replace them but I just wanted to have an idea how to do it

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If I were in your situation I would replace both the inner and outer tie rod along with a hex adjuster. You could take out the old parts as a single piece. Measure the length of it and assemble the new parts adjusted to that length. Then you would be close to where you need to be for alignment.
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