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Old 03-25-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Changing Inner tie rod

Does any 1 have a write up of how to do this? also, does any1 know the size of the tie rod tool i need to get?
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Well buy this tool . http://www.harborfreight.com/inner-t...set-96558.html
when you remove the outer tie rod Take a mental note of how many turns it takes to remove so you can get the alignment close ( you still should align your car) . Then remove the gear bellows boot over the inner rod . Select the right size adaptor for the inner tie rod tool. Then rachet it off. Install in reverse order.
Then go buy yourself some beer from all the money you saved by not taking it to the stealership!!
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kk thanks i found a picture write up also, im jw what the exact size for the tie rod tool i need because i plan on renting it from autozone
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Well just take your new tie rod into autozone when you rent the tool.
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good thinking lmao im an idiot thanks for talking me through
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should i buy new lock plates or can i just use the old ones? where would i find these ?
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I don't think Autozone rents these. The only place around us that even had it was Napa.

When I changed mine I went down the street to this tire place and bribed one of the mechanics to borrow the tool for 20 mins. Gave him $20 and he let me take his set home and replace the inners which took no time.
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kk thanks i found a picture write up also, im jw what the exact size for the tie rod tool i need because i plan on renting it from autozone
Go to Oreilly Auto Parts to rent this tool. It's perfect. Much better than the Autozoo one. It comes in a case with three different size adapters. I believe it's the middle size that fits our inners. If you do go the Autozoo route, I believe you need to get the tool and the adapter.
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No prob man ..
VQpower you must have found a very trusting mechanic! I hate to lend the guys I work with my tools .
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No prob man ..
VQpower you must have found a very trusting mechanic! I hate to lend the guys I work with my tools .
Thing is, never met the mechanic in my life. I did get my tires and crap from them, but never seen this mechanic. He was very trusting to let me borrow them and I let him know how much I appreciated him helping me out.
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You are very lucky to find such a trusting person. If you ever need service you know you can trust him . Lol
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I bought the Harbor Freight tool to do mine as well. The rentals from Autozone and Advance Auto Parts sucked.

My 01 did not have locking plates. I used blue locktight on the threads when putting the new one in.

This job was actually very easy to do with the right tool. You will need to get the alignment done ASAP after replacing.

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yeh plan on getting one within the next 3 days, should i buy or rent? im not tight on money , but am i gonna get that much use out of it?
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I would say you probably won't get much use out of it . I used mine maybe a handfull of times a year when I worked at a garage... If you can rent what you need it will save you money . Or you can buy it then rent it out to your friends. Lol
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yeh plan on getting one within the next 3 days, should i buy or rent? im not tight on money , but am i gonna get that much use out of it?
Rent. See my previous post.
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so i called autozone and they do have the inner tie rod, but the only problem is that they said they only have 1 adapter which is 1 7/16", but when i measured mine it was 1 5/16". do u think i could still rig this up to work by just placing a metal bracket of 1/8 " to make up for the play?
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It's possible... I would try to call a different parts house to get the right size.
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Do you have a wrench that will fit it? If you do , you can turn the wheel the opposite way of the tie rod your replacing. Bringing the tie rod as close to the outside of the car as possible. You may then have enough room to get at it with the wrench.
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ok, well i assume the autozone one will fit because on the site it says the stock tool fits 1 3/16" and 1 5/16" so i shuld be all set.. wish me luck, and the llast time i tried i culdnt get that damn thing to move at all
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Well just get a section of pipe and slip it over the rachet to give yourself more leverage. Good luck And may the Force be with you ! LOL
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Good luck. If you are getting the same Autozone tool I rented then you will soon be looking to buy from Harbor Freight. Haaaaa.
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OP, where do you live? Is AZ the only parts store around you?
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nope, i have napa, harbor freight, advanced auto parts... how can the autozone one be that bad?
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nope, i have napa, harbor freight, advanced auto parts... how can the autozone one be that bad?
It's not bad, it's just worse than good. The tool at Oreillys has an adapter that fits snugly on the tie rod while the one AZ has slips. Sure you can shim it, but it's kind of a PITA with the clearance you'll be working with. To each his own. Wear gloves if you're going to use the AZ tool. Your knuckles will thank you.
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ok, so i got the one from autozone, is the tool supposed to fit over the inner tie rod or just press against the edge of it?
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ok, so i got the one from autozone, is the tool supposed to fit over the inner tie rod or just press against the edge of it?
The adapter fits over the flat ends of the ITR.
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damn, it doesnt fit that far wtf
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This should help you out. It's a 4th gen, but they're nearly identical. You don't need the gear puller if you're replacing the tie rod with new. You can just tap the shaft with a hammer.
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This should help you out. It's a 4th gen, but they're nearly identical. You don't need the gear puller if you're replacing the tie rod with new. You can just tap the shaft with a hammer.

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The adapter part of the tool fits on the end of the tie rod where it screws into the rack. Put that on and then slide the entire tie rod arm into the pipe of the tool. Slide the pipe all the way down until the adapter fits into the end of the pipe headed towards it. I don't know how else to explain that one.
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the autozone pipe was too small, i ended up buying the kit from harbor freight for 55$, did both the tie rods, sprayed the tool black to give it the new look and returned it back the next day...they didnt even look in the box! getting an alignment tommorow
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the autozone pipe was too small, i ended up buying the kit from harbor freight for 55$, did both the tie rods, sprayed the tool black to give it the new look and returned it back the next day...they didnt even look in the box! getting an alignment tommorow
Lol. I've done that before. I'll need a tool only once but the store won't loan them out. I then ask, "whats your return policy?" and smile. They'll just put it back on the shelf and not lose any money from it anyways.
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