Step 1: Tools Needed
Needle nose pliers
Locking pliers or Vice Grips
Rubber mallet or hammer
19mm open wrench
19mm deep well socket and matching socket wrench
Spray paint or nail polish
Center punch or punch or medium sized, regular, non-high quality flat head screw driver
Step 2: Prep
Set your emergency brake
Chock the wheels
Loosen tire lugs
Place jack stand
Remove lug nuts
Turn steering wheel all the way right if working on right tire -so that the front of the wheel you are working on faces out. Turn steering wheel all the way to the left if working on the left tire.
Step 3: Removing the Cotter Pin
Step 4: Removing the Castellated Nut
Step 5: Hammer Time!
The picture shows a ball joint puller that I thought I needed. I did not need it at all, it is only here to save you time and money -by not going to the store and buying one.
Step 6: Mark Your Territory
THE FOLLOWING IS NOT NECCESARY FOR THIS INSTRUCTABLE:
At this point, you can use a 19mm open wrench and a pair of vice-grips to remove the outer tie rod. Secure the vise-grips to the outer tie rod's flat spots, use the box wrench to loosen the locking nut, then unscrew the outer tie-rod. Count or mark the threads. If you were just doing the outer tie rod, you'd be done here.
THE PRECEDING IS NOT NECCESARY FOR THIS INSTRUCTABLE:
Step 7: Removing the Boot: Part One
Step 8: Removing the Boot: Part Two
Remove ziptie or retaining spring
Step 9: Removing the Boot: Part Three
Grab the boot and slide it towards you. Alternatively, you can roll the boot over itself. This will expose the inner tie-rod end.
Step 10: Unstake My Heart: or Unstaking the Washer
Step 11: Get a Grip!
Loosen and remove the inner tie-rod.
Step 12: On Comparing Rods
Be sure to put the boot back on the inner tie rod BEFORE securing the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod. I didn't do that in this picture, so I wasted a few minutes taking it apart again.
Step 13: Installation Is the Reverse of Removal
Thread the boot onto the inner tire rod
Install the inner tie rod with the locking pliers
Stake the new washer
Pull the boot over the inner tire rod and secure it to the same place you unsecured it from
Put the outer tie rod back into the wheel assy.
Replace castellated nut
Put new cotter pin in
Put wheel back on
With the inner tie-rod off of the car, slip or thread the boot on. I had to thread it on.
If the cotter pin wont come out, then break off what you can and torque it out with the 19mm socket.
If you can't get the remnants of the cotter pin out of the threaded rod on the outer tie-rod end, drill it out. I used WD-40 as a drill lube.