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Inner tie rod size

Does anyone know the size of the hex on the inner tie rod? Im doing them soon and looking into loaner tools

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If it is a Ford original you may have to use a special tool that you can buy at Harbor Freight that has multiple adapters to make it fit.
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If it is a Ford original you may have to use a special tool that you can buy at Harbor Freight that has multiple adapters to make it fit.
All of the loaner tools ive seen have more than one size, I just want to make sure they have the right size

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I went to autozone and advanced auto and they have virtually the same tool. Neither had a piece that fit. Advanced had a set that someone modified and it seemed to fit ok but I didn't care to trust it. So I am going to just go to harbor freight and get the tool that they sell. I was skeptical at first because I wasn't sure how it worked compared to the rental ones, but after looking at some reviews and videos it seems like a pretty good tool

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I went to autozone and advanced auto and they have virtually the same tool. Neither had a piece that fit. Advanced had a set that someone modified and it seemed to fit ok but I didn't care to trust it. So I am going to just go to harbor freight and get the tool that they sell. I was skeptical at first because I wasn't sure how it worked compared to the rental ones, but after looking at some reviews and videos it seems like a pretty good tool
I have one and it worked great for my 2006 Taurus.
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^+1. HF kit worked well on my gen3 tecs. Just can't remember the size I used, lol.
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^+1. HF kit worked well on my gen3 tecs. Just can't remember the size I used, lol.
The HF kit has a few more sizes than the rental tools anyways, so im sure they should have the right size

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So I got my oil changed at the nearest dealer this weekend, when they were cashing me out I asked the mechanic what he uses to get the inner tie rods off. He said that he just uses a crescent wrench, which actually makes sense. Lift up the whole front end and put it on jack stands so you can turn the wheel so the side you are working on is facing out so you have enough room. The only thing I have seen when googling it, is that the steering rack is more likely to incur damage when doing this. Anyone ever done this?

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The only thing I have seen when googling it, is that the steering rack is more likely to incur damage when doing this. Anyone ever done this?
Two things-

On the early series TAURUS-ESCORT, there was a lock pin that had to be removed. I am not sure about yours.

Where the damage may occur is while breaking the torque of the inner tie rod, one should hold the actual rack (inner shaft itself) with a wrench while removing the inner tie rod.

Do you have a repair manual or GOOGLED the procedure?
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