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Old 07-25-2006, 01:03 PM   #1
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Default How do you change inner tie rods?

I have never done this, on my high mileage Bonneville, they got really loose and I had to pay a shop to change them. I could not tell how they disassembled. Now my lower milege one is kinda starting to act that way and I would like to try it myself, but how is it done?
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Thank you, guess the shop gets to do it again. I didnt think to look in 92-99 lol
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yeah prety much as far as chassy the 87-99s are almost the same...
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Special tool? I wrapped it with an old serpintine belt and grabbed it with a set of Channel-locks.

You really should do this yourself.
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Special tool? I wrapped it with an old serpintine belt and grabbed it with a set of Channel-locks.

You really should do this yourself.
Huh? wrapped it and grabbed it.. what did it pull on.. dont you need to turn it off like how it connects to the outter tie rod?

from what iv herd From Billboost and others its a real PITA to do.... any pics you have?
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Here'* how you do it....

Jack it up.
Pull tire.
Pop out outer end.
Cut zip tie on rubber boot.
Pull rubber peice back
Grab large flat peice by the steering rack, unscrew it.
Put the tie rod assembly in a vice, on the small rod part.
Break loose the lock nut.
Count the turns to pull the outer off the inner.
Put outer same number of turns onto new inner.
Put assembly back on car, Craploads of torque required here.
Use 2.5" clamp to reattach rubber boot.
Put outer end back on knuckle.
Reinstall tire.
Drop car.


You're going to want the tires turned away from the side you're working on, Turn it left if you're doing the pass side tie rod and so on.
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wow cool thanks... ill have to try that. cuz my inner pass is bad... and i need to do it asap..
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Inner Tie rods are easy to do. If you have the tool. The tool costs arounds 100 bucks (here it did). I loaned one. It was real easy to do.

The inners are crimped onto the rack assembly, so it will uncrimp itself as you unscrew it. When you screw the new one on, a pair of vise grips will recrimp the new inner. Its easy if you have the tool. Of course, an hour of labour, plus alignment is all thats needed to do the job, if you have a shop do this.
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Inner Tie rods are easy to do. If you have the tool. The tool costs arounds 100 bucks (here it did). I loaned one. It was real easy to do.

The inners are crimped onto the rack assembly, so it will uncrimp itself as you unscrew it. When you screw the new one on, a pair of vise grips will recrimp the new inner. Its easy if you have the tool. Of course, an hour of labour, plus alignment is all thats needed to do the job, if you have a shop do this.
sooo.. its like a ball socket the way it holds on... ?

it has a nut that closed the socket over a ball?
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