Replacing Worn Tie Rod Assembly on a MK3 Golf 2.0
The author of this document shall not be held responsible for any damages to you or your vehicle resulting from following any step discussed in the document. This manual is created only for a pictorial guide and should be used as such!
The first thing I want to mention is that I actually replaced the brake pads when I did this DIY, so when looking at the pics don't be confused when you see the rotors off the Hubs.
Also upon completion of this DIY I strongly recommend getting it aligned. You can get 'close' to a good alignment by matching the lengths of the removed rods and the news rods but you won't get it perfect. A machine alignment will improve fuel mileage, power and tire longevity.
So make sure you measure the rod from end to end after removing that way you are able to get it as close as possible when reinstalling the new one.
Step 1: Lift car and support with jacks. (Chock rear wheels for safety)
Step 2: Remove Wheel(s) and place them under the side skirts for added fall protection. 17mm
Step 3: Unbolt Tie rod end and remove it from Hub. I used a puller but you can use a hammer in all reality. 19mm
Note: if only your outer rod end is bad then go ahead and remove the rod end and call it a day. Otherwise the rest of this DIY is for the FULL assembly.
Step 4: Loosen the Inner rod end boot. I used a screw driver for the inside and a plier for the other. It won't come off yet but slide it down to reveal the inner rod end.
Step 5: Unscrew the Inner rod end. This step took me about 30 minutes to figure out. The inner end needs to be unscrewedbut getting a wrench in there was impossible. Luckily I've been playing a little Tomb Raider on Xbox360 and my 'puzzle' skills are getting better.
Basically you need to get in the car and steer until you line up the inner end is directly over the open slot. Obviously if you're by yourself it'll take a few times. once that's lined up it only takes an adjustable wrench or a 33mm hahha none of us have that likely.
:::: At this point you have removed the entire assembly, go ahead and measure it from end to end. Write the length down to the closest measurement possible.
Note: If you bought new boots with your kit then skip steps 6-8
Step 6: Using a wrench and vice grip remove the Outer tie rod end. I held the bold and the end itself rather than the hex on the rod. It makes it less like that the rod will twist.
If you have a table vice that'll make the entire job easier.
Step 7: Remove the boot to use on new rod end.
Step 8: Slip the boot over the new rod assembly.
Step 9: Adjust the outer rod end until it is approximately the same length as the measurement you took earlier.
Step 10: Reinstall the rod assembly in reverse order.
Step 11: Wen reattaching the boot make sure to line up the vetilation tube and hole in the boot (see pics)
(I do have pictures and will be adding them tomorrow. I forgot to upload them tonight... I doubt anyone is replacing their tie rods at this time of night anyhow!)
Modified by twicepardoned at 12:45 PM 7-5-2008