Inner Tie Rod

Old 09-27-07, 08:13 AM
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Question Inner Tie Rod

Ok how hard are these on a 92 Lumina APV 3.1 the passenger side is bad replaced the outer but it wasnt that one I knew it was to easy. I do all my own repairs but have never done an inner and can not afford a garage so not an option here. I know I need a 13 and a 15 wrench but that is about all I can seem to find out so far.
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You need a 7/8" wrench to break the jamb nut loose, and an 18mm socket to remove the outer tie rod nut. You will need to go to the auto parts store and purchase an inner tie rod tool. Either that or remove the power steering gear to do the repair-not fun doing on your back.
Once the outer tie rod is off, take some needle nosed pliers and removed the retaining clamp from the inner tie rods boot. Next, take a long screwdriver or a hook tool and remove or stretch out the retainer that secures the boot to the steering gear. Pull the boot off. There is a plastic peice covering the inner tie rod where the tie rod tool needs to go. With a prybar, carefully push that peice towards the steering gear. Now, you can get the tie rod tool on. You will need a breaker bar to break the tie rod loose. Upon installation of the new tie rod, put some red loctite on the threads where it screws to the gear. After that, put 'er together. I used a long zip tie about 3/8" wide to secure the tie rod boot to the steering gear. And of course, you'll need to set the toe. Nothing to it .

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