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Old 08-05-2005, 04:19 PM   #1
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hey guys, on my recently purchased Park Ave, the tie rods are a little worn. Supposedly all that is bad is the inner tie rod ends (as per the dealership who wants $500+ to do the work). I'd like to do the work myself, and the ends are $30 each for lifetime warranty. Anybody done this? impossible? any tips or links?

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Jeff it'* actually fairly easy if the adjustment sleeve isn't rusted.

I haven't personally done it, but have seen it a ton of times. One of the vets should be able to give you the exact procedure. And you'll need to get an alignment afterwards.
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Ok, I've looked in my Haynes manual, but it only describes changing the outer end. I need to replace the inner end. In the manual, it shows me needing a two pronged gear puller to pull the outer off, then i can unthread it. For the inner end then, it is a male threaded end, and the other end is a large ball joint sort of end. It has female threads. This whole end is encased in a rubber boot. Ideally, it is as simple as removing the outer, unscrewing the inner, and screwing the new one in. So, what else can i expect?

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that boot is your billings boot? i think?
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Yes. Remove the boot, Use a strap wrench to hold the shiny bar inside the boot. Unscrew the old one, screw in the new one. Factory says 140 or so ft lbs
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hmm... i'll have to thread it on and use an open end wrench to tighten it, is there such a thing as a torque open end wrench? I know there are screwdrivers and socket wrenches... but...

So, how do i get it to 140lbs?

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Using a torque wrench.



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ha, thanks for the picture- i'm a visual learner.

I know what that is, but how do i use it when i have to have an open end wrench to tighten it down?

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