Rack, tie rod end?

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Old 12-26-08, 04:05 PM
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Question Rack, tie rod end?

We have a 2002 Toyota Matric. On black ice at less than 5 MPH I was attempting to turn left when I slid into a curb. The right front wheel hit the curb at near head on, and made quite a hard hit, even at such a slow speed. I was off the brakes, in neutral, but had no control. I felt for sure it blew the tire, but it didn't. The rim has a large scar, but not broken.

The toe in of the right compared to the left is approx. 1/8 of a steering wheel off, the right wheel is pointing in. I was able to drive it home, and up on stands I can't see the result. The tie rod isn't bent, at least that part that is exposed. The inter boot might hide such, but I would be surprised.

In order to temporarlly adjust the toe I dropped the right tie rod, but can't brake the rod end loose from the rod itself. It requires a 14 MM wrench on the rod, and a 19 MM on the rod end, but it won't move in either direction. Rust is not a problem, it just seems to be stuck. I have applied liq. wrench and smacked it a few times with a hammer, but no movement. It doesn't appear that there is a LOCKING nut, but it was kind of dark out, so maybe there is. I will look tomorrow.

My question is, IS THERE A LOCKING JAMB NUT BUTTED UP TO THE ROD END ITSELF THAT NEEDS TO BE BROKEN LOOSE FIRST?

The Matric is the same as the Corolla undercarriage.

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Old 12-26-08, 04:18 PM
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Yes, there should be a jam nut. More info here:

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Old 12-26-08, 06:52 PM
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I have seen people put loctite on them. Most inner tie rods come with loctite,but I wouldn't use it for the outer.
 
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