How to Replace your Tie Rod(s)
- New tie rod
- 15mm & 13mm wrench or socket
- I used gear wrenches, they worked spectacular
- Extensions, swivels
- Rust eater (to soak and loosen bolts)
How To Do It
Remove strut tower brace (if applicable). Then jack up the car and remove the appropriate side front wheel.
Go back up top and look for two bolts right next to each other on the steering rack, on the firewall. if you are changing the driver side tie rod, obviously you will remove the driver side nut. This is where the GearWrenches come in. They work great here. If you cant get a hold of them or don't want to spend the cashola, a normal wrench should work. The bolt is 15mm. You can connect 2 wrenches by sliding the box end over the open end to get more leverage. You only need to remove the bolt for the side you are replacing.
Go back to the side and mark with some whiteout where the tie rod is on the threads of the tie rod adjuster.
Remove the pinch bolt on the end of tie rod adjuster. Then Start unscrewing the inner tie rod, counting the number of revolutions. This way you wont have to rely solely on the white out markings.
Put the new one in. I slid it in from the side. Now you have to screw it back onto the tie rod adjuster, you can move the tie rod adjuster and the entire suspension around to make it easier.
Once it's screwed on and where it should be according to the markings and your supreme counting ability, tighten the pinch bolt so it don't go anywhere
Slide the other end back onto the steering rack and put your nut back where it came from.
Put your wheel back on :) Then put your strut tower bar back on (if you cant find it, your probably don't have one because i don't know how the heck you can lose it :) )
If your supreme counting ability failed you, you are going to need a serious alignment. You should really get one anyway, just because you cant get it back perfect, but if you did it right it should be close enough so you wont NEED one desperately.