Anyone know of a DIY on replacing the complete tie rod on a car that has power steering? I've looked and looked and looked with no luck. I know there is some special tool I need
Loosen subframe bolts & drop the subframe a couple inches.
Pull back the rack boot & unbolt the tie rod from the rack.
Unbolt the tie rod end (TRE) from the knuckle and use a clamp to pop it out. (A crow's head wrench or whatever they're called will help here.)
Measure from the TRE to the surface that mates to the rack.
Match that distance on the new tie rod & TRE.
Installation is the reverse of removal.™
Dropping my subframe served no purpose at all, still cant get a wrench in there to save my life
Edit this post: Realized what a crows foot wrench was, yeah wont work plus I dont have one I do appreciate you trying to help tho
Last edited by jettaracer1989; 05-31-2012 at 05:57 PM.
Anyone have any other way of doing this? It's starting to piss me off that I cant get the friggin thing out
Get the special tool per the bentley manual (also on Dan J Reed's page). It's basically a metal tube w/ a flat side and set screw at the end to lock onto the 22(21?)mm hex on the inner tie rod. Use a 1/2" breaker bar and it takes no more than 20min per side to change the whole thing. The tool is about $45 and 100% worth it.
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Yeah thats what I was looking for but nowhere local had it, luckily one of my buddies happened to be up at his race shop today and when I called him was able to toss it in his car for me. Finally... now just tires, suspension and a new stock exhaust and ill be set