In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change the inner tie rod on most cars. Replacing the inner tie rod takes about one to two hours.
It requires that you remove the front wheel, disconnect the outer tie rod before you can replace the inner tie rod. It is important to keep in mind that you will need to get the front wheels aligned after you have changed the inner tie rod.
- Noise when turning
- Shaking at high speed
- Loose steering feeling
- Steering won't return to center
How to change the inner tie rod
What you will need
If you have never replaced the inner tie rods on a car, you may be nervous about the procedure on how to remove the inner tie rod. Don't worry because it is easier than you think to remove the inner tie rod.
- Park your car on a level surface.
- Jack up the front tire on the side where you need to replace the tie rod.
- Place jack stands to support the car.
- Disconnect the inner tie rod from the outer tie rod.
- Remove the boot from the inner tie rod.
- Remove the inner tie rod using the inner tie rod tool.
- Reinstall the inner tie rod in reverse order.
- Reinstall the outer tie rod and torque the bolts to specification.
How do you know if inner tie rods are bad
- Jack up the car on one side.
- Grap your wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock.
- Try to move the wheel in and out.
- If you notice any movement at the inner tie rod boot / inner tie rod that means there is excessive wear at the inner tie rod.
Note: This movement can be caused by a bad wheel bearing as well.