Tie rod end:

Replace your tie rod ends with these instructions and save.

Tie rod ends are important to the handling of your vehicle. Here’s how to replace yours.
Tie rod ends are a crucial part of your vehicle’s front end, and can cause steering and tracking problems if worn. Front-end shimmy, hard steering, clunks and clanks, an off-center steering wheel, or pulling from one side or the other are all signs of worn tie rods.

Remember to ask your Advance Auto Parts representative about tools and equipment that may make this job easier before embarking on this project. After you're finished, make sure to complete the job with an alignment from a reputable shop and once again you'll be driving straight and true.

Why you should replace your tie rod ends on your personal vehicle:
Potholes and various bumps in the road take their toll on your vehicle's suspension and steering. Your front suspension and steering components take the biggest hits. While some suspension work is best left to the pros, tie rods are easily replaceable on most vehicles.

Advance Auto Parts carries a complete line of quality auto parts, including suspension/steering components and tools to help you get the job done right. Follow these instructions and, for best results, finish up with a front end alignment after the project.

What you will need for a tie rod replacement:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for tie rod replacement:

Estimated time required - 1 - 3 Hours

How to change your tie rod ends: do it yourself & save!

Consult your repair manual before attempting this procedure. Proper torque values are crucial to safe vehicle operation. Always secure a vehicle on jack stands before working underneath.

  1. Here are the required parts. Right and left tie rods have different part numbers and different threads. Have your Advance Auto Parts Team Member label each part right and left.
  2. With the vehicle raised and wheels removed, loosen the pinch bolts that hold the tie rod end to the steering assembly or adjusting sleeve. Turn the steering wheel if you need better access.
  3. Pull out and discard the cotter pin, then remove and discard the castellated or castle nut from where the tie rod end itself connects to other steering components.
  4. Use a two-jaw or tie rod end puller to remove the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. Start slowly in order to seat the tool properly for good leverage.
  5. Mark the position of the tie rod end on steering assembly with chalk or electrical tape, then remove by unscrewing. The marks will help you replace the new rods in roughly the same position, which will keep your alignment close to original.
  6. If your particular tie rod ends come with grease fittings, install them now. Also install the rubber boots on each tie-rod end. Do not reuse any parts.
  7. Install the new tie rods by reversing the disassembly procedure. Torque all nuts to specification making sure to line up the castle nut and hole for cotter pin installation. Be sure to install new cotter pin.
  8. Use a grease gun to lube the tie rods. Fill until you start to see grease seep out. Wipe off all excess grease to prevent brake contamination.

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