Any How To's for Inner Tie Rods?

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  1. only_1

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    As I stated in my other post, I have some vibration issues. One of which that I know of is the LH inner tie rod. Any pointers or how to's on replacing this?

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    The band that holds the boot over the tie rod and rack can be expanded with a regular screwdriver enough to slip the boot off. You should be able to use needle nose or side cutters to clamp it back on later.

    Usually you can rent an inner tie rod tool (EXTRA deep socket) that wraps over the tie rod to remove it. Or turn the steering wheel all the way left and grab the ball joint with a pipe wrench. I have found that a breaker bar and maybe a cheater bar(pipe over the wrench or breaker bar) will help.

    I'm in the mind set of if your going to pay for an alignment, mise as only pay once and replace both inner and outer tie rods, maybe look at your ball joints too. Lift from under the controll arm and then use a pry bar to lift up on the tire. If you see play it's bad. The problem with letting the control arm hang down is the joint is not in it's normal work area of the joint so it will be tight. Once you get to it's normal working area there may be play.
     
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    Thank you for the explanation. And yes, in general, I agree that the other joints should be replaced at the same time.
     

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