Outer Tie Rods Inspection.

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Introduction: Outer Tie Rods Inspection.

Time for my bi annual car outer Tie Rods inspection. The tools involved are;

Pair of gloves.

Cordless drill with 1/2inch socket Adapter.

1/2inch Ratchet with 17mm deep socket.

Aluminum tube. 32mm socket.

OEM car jack.

17mm wheel nut adapter.

Step 1: SLACKEN THE WHEEL NUTS.

Using the aluminum tube and Ratchet with 17mm deep socket and nut adapter, I slackened the nuts.

Step 2: RAISING THE CAR.

First I pulled the handbrake up. Then I used my drill and 32mm socket to quickly raise the car to lift the wheel off the ground.

Step 3: REMOVING THE TIRE.

Using the drill I quickly removed the wheel nuts. I normally place the tire under the car near the oem jack.

Step 4: INSPECTION.

I checked the rubber boot over the ball joint at the knuckle. No cracks. Also the boot over the tie rod was in good condition.

Step 5: PUTTING BACK ON THE TIRE.

Putting back the tire was easy. I used the drill in screw mode with the torque stop so I won't wring my hand when the nut stopped. I made sure to tighten the nuts in diagonal pattern. I repeated the same exercise for the other front tire. Both sides are in good state so I'm quite happy.

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