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Old 10-30-2005, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Took my '97 taurus Gl wagon with 3.0 vulcan in to have a safety inspection and they tell me the car needs both inner tie rod ends replaced. They want to charge 3.6 hours labour. I usually do repairs myself so I take it home and check my Chilton and Haynes manuals. But, I can find no proceedure for replacing the inner tie rod ends. Does anyone know the proceedure for doing this? They appear to be inside the boots on the steering rack. Do you have to romove the steering rack to replace the inner tie rod ends? What is involved?
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You do not have to take the rack off.

You do have to take the boot off.

It is a pretty simple job.

You will need to go to the auto store that does the loaner program and get the suspension set.

That piece of pipe looking thing goes over the inner tie rod after you get everything loose and take off the outer tie rod.

Then You put it over the inner and lock it down with a bolt.

Then you just ratchet it and it screws off.

Getting the boots back on right is probably the most problems I had


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Where'd you rent that set at? I need to do mine, and the tool AZ has... well, it's AZ for teh lose, this time.
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Where'd you rent that set at? I need to do mine, and the tool AZ has... well, it's AZ for teh lose, this time.
Thre is a midwest chain call O'reilly Automotive. It had the everything you need to do a front end.


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Thankyou for the explanation and the picture. Sounds simple enough. I wonder why the shop expects it to take 3.6 hours.
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well it's about a hour to take the outers off, then you have to take the inners off also. SO lets say another 45- hour. THen they prob. had a alingment on there also becasue your going to need one oafter yout screw withy our tierod ends.
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well it's about a hour to take the outers off, then you have to take the inners off also. SO lets say another 45- hour. THen they prob. had a alingment on there also becasue your going to need one oafter yout screw withy our tierod ends.
An hour to get your outer tie-rods off? Is there a beer break in the middle of that?

25 minutes tops to get an outer tie rod end off, and I'm a semi-noob at this stuff.
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I was going to do a writeup on it but didn't. I thougth someone else did.

After you get the car jack up and the tire removed and everything is safe and secure.

Measure the approximate distance from the inner threads to the outer tie rod.
This will get the toe in close enough to get you to the alignment shop

Take the cotter pin holding the outer tie rod nut off, break the nut loose, use the puller to break it free or tap it on the side to break it free and break the lock nut loose ,unthread the outer tie rod.

Then you break the boot clamp off and pull the boot off.

Then put the "pipe" thing on and tightend down the nut.

Ratchet it off and you are done.

10 minutes 15 if you are unsure and taking your time.

Use locktite on the new one and grease it up good. and reverse the procedure.

The boots have vent plumbing that connects to each other and equalizes pressure as you turn it left and right.

Air goes in one boot as it expands while it leaves the other boot as it contracts.

Make sure you get that back on and sealed good to keep the thing dry.

I think that is about it.

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Here is one more to show you what it looks like in there after you get the boot off.

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Actually I think I did do a write up on that and send it to Doc along with the pictures.

That was when I was unemployed and I was trying to do things to keep me out of the casino and titty bars.

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