Join Date: May 2009
Location: Duncanville, TX
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I did my inner tie rod ends a couple of years ago. Not much to it, if I remember correctly. I slipped the outer tie rods off/out of the steering knuckle/arm, loosened the metal clamps/tie wraps that held on the boot, slid the boot towards the outside tie rod, turned the steering wheel so the rack traveled all the way to the side I was working on exposing the inner tie rod, put a big wrench on it(it has flat spots on it for just this purpose), bumped the wrench a little bit and it simply screwed off! Actually, I was kind of concerned it came off so easy so I started asking around at the several mechanic shops in my neighborhood! They all said, "that's just the way they are"! I could not get the big end metal clamp on the rubber boot to tighten up worth a dang, so I used a big black tie wrap( in my business - the black tie wraps are for direct sun/UV exposure and last a LONG time ) and it's still just dandy with no issues! Good luck! Oh, counted the exposed threads on the outer tie rods before screwing them off and put the outers back on with the same thread count ( all MOOG parts ). I thought about it for a couple of weeks then decided to get the toe in checked. It was perfect.
2003 Dodge 3500 Quad Cab, 2WD, DRW, 5.9 Cummins, stock(I'm learning as fast as I can!
), 6 speed, flatbed.
1995 Ford F800, 5.9 Cummins, 5 sp Spicer, 10' flatbed (gonna replace the 93 F350, but I haven't told the F350 that yet!)
1993 Ford F350, 7.3 IDI PS, built auto, gooseneck puller