Changing the tie rod on your Cadillac is easy and requires a few basic tools. The typical cost to change Cadillac tie rod at an auto repair shop or Cadillac dealer is between $360 and $480 plus the cost of the wheel alignment.
Below are some of the most common symptoms that at least one of your Cadillac outer tie rod is bad.
- Cadillac has loose steering,
- Steering wheel shaking when hitting bumps,
- Excessive steering wheel play,
- Noise such as clunking or knocking,
- Cadillac pulls to one side,
- Steering wheel vibrations
What you will need
- Cadillac Outer Tie Rod
- Tie Rod Removal Tool
- Mechanic Toolset
- Car Jack
- Vehicle Jack Stands
- Torque Wrench
Park the Cadillac on level ground. Set the parking barking brakes before you start working on your Cadillac.
Remove the center cap from your Cadillac wheel. Brake lose the lug nuts before you jack up your Cadillac. Do not remove the lug nuts completely yet.
- Jack up the car and remove the front wheel. Secure the vehicle with jack stands.
Locate the out-tie rod. Here is a picture of the tie rod on a Cadillac.
- Remove the cotter pin (split pin) from the tie rod end. This will allow you to remove the castle nut.
- Remove the castle nut from the steering knuckle of your Cadillac. If the threads are rusted, use a wire brush to clean the threads. Apply penetrating oil and allow it to soak. Counter hold the tie rod end otherwise the castle nut spin and refuse to come out.
- Next, use a marker to mark the threads at the end of the outer tie rod. Keeping the alignment as close to stock as possible when installing the new outer tie rod will be easier this way. Loosen the bolt that holds the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod with an open-end wrench.
- Use a tie rod puller or separator to disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the old tie rod by turning it counterclockwise several times. The inner tie rod has many threads, so this can take a while.
- Install the new tie rod in reverse order. Torque the castle and jam nut to specification, typically between 25 and 30 ft. lbs.
- Drive your vehicle to an alignment shop to get the wheels aligned.
The cost to change the Cadillac tie rod yourself is under $100. To change the tie rod on your Cadillac, plan on about two hours of labor.
New tie rods for Cadillac cost between $40 to $80 when purchased online. Follow the step-by-step instructions here to learn how to replace tie rods on Cadillac manufactured from 1990-Present. This guide applies to Cadillac ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR.