19 mm wrench
17 mm wrench
Pickle Fork/ Ball Joint Separator
Hammer (Not pictured)
Nail Polish/White Out (to mark where old tie rods are)
.......and of course, your new Outer Tie Rod Ends
Estimated Time: 10-20 minutes, depending on skill level.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate this project a 3. Any person that can use a wrench can do this job easily.
1. Loosen all four Lug Nuts, Jack up and support the car with jack stands, and remove the wheel. Your left with this:
2. Remove cotter pin from nut and, using a 17 mm wrench, remove the castellated nut holding the tie rod to the steering knuckle.
------17 mm nut is found on the bottom of the tie rod end, seen in this picure.
3. Place pickle fork in between the head of the tie rod end and the steering knuckle. Use hammer to wedge the pickle for between the tie rod end and steering knuckle, which will cause the tie rod end to separate from the steering knuckle.
You will be left with this....
4. Use Nail polish/ White out to mark position of old tie rod ends. This is very important, because your alignment, specifically your Toe, will be wrong if you forget where the previous tie rod end was.
5. Use vice grips to attach to the body of the tie rod end. Use 19 mm wrench to turn lock nut clockwise. Use vice grips to hold the tie rod end steady while you loosen the lock nut. ( I put the stud of the tie rod back in the hole it came out of just to provide help for removing the 19mm nut).
6. Once the 19mm nut is separated from the outer tie rod end, unscrew the outer tie rod end and remove from car.