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.