How to change the inner tie rod on a Subaru Outback

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...As the title says. A national chain wanted over $250 to do this job. I did it myself in about an hour -with tools I had around the house. It should be as quick or quicker for you, if you follow this instructable. If I had had an instructable like this, I probably could have done this in 45 minutes or less, without rushing. The parts ran me about $50.
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Step 1: Tools Needed

Wheel chocks or rocks, bricks
Jack stand(s)
Breaker bar/extension
Needle nose pliers
Locking pliers or Vice Grips
Channel locks
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

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Park the car on a level surface
Set your emergency brake
Chock the wheels
Loosen tire lugs
Jack vehicle
Place jack stand
Remove lug nuts
Remove tire
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

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Using the needle nose pliers, remove the cotter pin on the castellated nut on top of outer tire rod.

Step 4: Removing the castellated nut

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Remove castellated nut w/19mm socket wrench and/or breaker bar, if needed.

Step 5: Hammer Time!

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Knock lower tie rod assy out of steering knuckle assy with rubber mallet or hammer.

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.

boxcarl1 year ago
criggie4 years ago
What is a staked washer in step 10 ? how do you unstake and restake (?) this washer ?
ill13 (author)  criggie4 years ago
...also a "centerpunch" or "punch" is the proper tool [versus a screwdriver]
ill13 (author)  criggie4 years ago
jeepers, how do i describe staking a washer?. So, say you have a flat washer, laying flat on the ground...What you are going to do is take a flat head screw driver and hold it, perpendicular to the washer, then hit the handle of the screwdriver with a hammer, vertically -as if the screwdriver were a nail. This ought to dent the washer in such a way that it is no longer flat. That is essentially staking a washer. Unstaking would be the opposite, which would be removing the dent you made. This is probably something a friend or relative could do/or show you quicker than I can describe
auersperg5 years ago
 Nice work and a good homemade, i like this kind of homemade. I repare a lot of things of my mother´s car and it cost me 1/10 of the cost in a repair shop, and it work´s perfect. Sorry about my english . . . i´m from chile and here we speak spanish, so it´s not that easy write in english. 
Good bye and good luck!