How to Change Tie Rods (inner and outer tie rod ends)

How to replace inner and outer tie rods. This video will show you in depth how to change the inner and outer tie rods of your car or truck. You need a special tool, an inner tie rod end tool, to complete the job (this can be rented for free at your local parts store). The job straight forward and anyone with basic tools can do it!

Hey guys chris fix here and today i am going to show you how to replace the tie-rod ends alignment so i am going to show you how to do that now, so there is your tie rod you can see i can move this with my hand, it is very old 300,000 miles will do that to it. it is amazing they made it that far so here are all of the tools you are going to use for this job. you need

Inside and outside. you will also need an inner tie-rod tool so what you are going to do is take your needle nose plyers and once the cotter pin is straight, grab the other side now you can put a 19mm or 3/4 ratchet or wrench on this. what i am going to do is take this castle nut and i’m gonna flip it over good! now i am going to take a hammer, i’ll use a rubber mallet

Just to be safe the tie rod end is out. now this is the interesting part what you want to do is put your tie rod in and now we can unscrew this nut. you just want to break that loose like that and now we can take this out and you can see this spins freely… from the bottom here so that is one, two… and you want to count how many spins it takes to get this off. you want

To count twenty spins and the reason why is it that your alignemnt isn’t completely out of alignment. you are still gonna have to get the car aligned so you could see this moves around very easily and has a little bit of play inside and outside so the inner tie rod end also needs to be changed, but we were going to do that anyway now you can see, so the tie rod end works

By steering the car when you turn the steering wheel it goes all the way up into here, and now there is a boot here a another one these except you have to break the clamp with a screwdriver, all this is, is a little clamp to keep the boot on. and just bend this up a little bit. not you just want to get it under here so we can spray some silicone or grease now we just go

In here, with a flathead screwdriver, just like that… you see how the boot is up… get your wd40 or whatever some type of grease or silicone, which is what i am using and that will make the boot come off a lot easier because surprisingly, the boot is on there tight. there is a clip right there, and what you are going to do is push the screwdriver in and turn the screw

Driver to open the clip it’s hard to see but i think you will get the idea when i do it. ok, unscrew this nut here so we can take the boot off. looks good, so when we’re installing it there is this right here its going to slide over that tube which connects to the other tie rod on the other side of the car and i just want to show you what is going to happen so that you

Completely understand this. your adapter is going to fit on here, just like that. so when you turn the tie rod too, it grabs the end and turns it on here. you can do it you just have to see if you have so you have to take that pin out and that is what i am going to go check for now. you can see on this tie rod end there is a pin right here and this has to come off if you

Can’t get your screwdriver under here that easy, you could use a hammer and the screwdriver and just get it to indent a little bit. so you could see just like i showed you, your adapter piece goes right on top just like that. this thing should come right out, and if it is not coming out easily remember there’s that pin in there that needs to come out first the next thing

You are going to do is make sure they are the same size it’ll have to be on the car for me to move it. i’m going to get some blue thread lock for my vehicle it says torque to 66 to 74ft-lbs of torque i am under the car and you can see the hole for the pin. that is where you push the pin in… i put a screwdriver head against the pin like this… and then i used a hammer

To lightly tap it in. and you twist and the clip opens up, well, it is only a one use clip i went to go get a bellows boot kit to see if it comes with new clips and so although it sounds kinda cheap, the boot doesn’t really move it is not a permanent solution like this metal clip zip ties are a good way to go, and that is what i will use. you can also use stainless steel

Hose clamps with the nut that tightens it down the hose clamps are hard to find that are narrow enough to fit the boot. there is that tube and you want to make sure you push this into that tube… so i actually tightened up the zip ties first up on the the boot, now i am going to slide the boot in. so now you just tighten the zip ties after you push the boot all the way

On put it on just like that and we are done with the boot. the screw in the top, a pin, and a nut. so they give you a new nut but it’s kinda small, so i will use the old one because it’s thicker. 20 spins, face it down. now will tighten our nut up here. i am going to put the grease valve on. just screw it in by hand first. we will now take our cotter pin and send it

Though the hole. put the grease gun on there and pump it with grease. and once it expands like that, that means you have enough grease in there you just changed the inner and outter tie rod ends! and if you like how to videos, and this was good, then subscribe. i upload how to videos weekly and it will help you save some money if you want to see other “how to” videos,

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How to Change Tie Rods (inner and outer tie rod ends) By ChrisFix