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- 19 mm socket (wheels, tie rod end retaining nut)[/*]
- 98 ft-lb torque wrench (lug nuts)[/*]
- Needle-nosed pliers (cotter pin)[/*]
- Tie rod end remover (can substitute standard puller)[/*]
- 15 mm open end wrench (tie rod)[/*]
- Adjustable wrench (jam nut; should use an open ended wrench, but I did not have the correct size - looks like 24 mm)[/*]
- 37 ft-lb torque wrench (retaining nut)[/*]
- Permanent marker (indexing the tie rod)[/*]
- Penetrating solvent (WD-40 is no good)[/*]
- The Big Hammer(TM)[/*]
- New tie rod end (not pictured)[/*]
- Two jack stands and string (for alignment)[/*]
- Remove the wheels and throw a menacing glare at the bad tie rod end.
- Remove the cotter pin.
- Spray penetrant on both the jam nut and the castellated retaining nut.
- Draw a line along the top of the tie rod to allow you to keep track of how many turns you have made.
- Loosen the jam nut (turn clockwise to loosen). If the tie rod turns along with the jam nut, return the tie rod to the original position using the marker line.
- Loosen the castellated nut, but do not completely remove. This makes it easier to center the puller and won't allow the tie rod end to fly up into your face.
- Unscrew the tie rod end, spraying more penetrant if necessary. Count the number of turns you make so that you can get your alignment back into roughly the same setting.
- Clean any rust from the steering knuckle.
- Screw the new tie rod end onto the tie rod the same number of turns it took to remove the old one. Tighten the new castellated nut to 37 ft-lbs (50 N-m) and insert the cotter pin. Leave the jam nut loosened for now.
- Replace the wheel and tighten two to three lug nuts, then lower the car completely. Using two jack stands and a string, stretch the string across both the front and rear tires. Check that there are four contact points with the sidewall; raise the vehicle and adjust the tie rod as necessary. I needed a half turn clockwise to get my alignment into an acceptable setting.
- Tighten the jam nut to 33 ft-lbs (45 N-m), grease the tie rod end if there is a grease zerk, and get an alignment done.[/*]