This guide provides instructions on changing the outer tie rod on a Nissan vehicle. Replacing the tie rod on a Quest yourself is easy and will take most DIYers between 45 mins to 1 hour.

Replacement tie rods for Nissan Quest cost most DIYers between $50 to $80. You will still need an auto repair shop to align the front wheels, bringing the total cost to replace the outer tie rods to about $200.

Follow the instructions below to learn how to replace tie rods on Nissan Quest manufactured from 2011-2017.

What you will need

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  • Nissan Quest Outer Tie Rod
  • Tie Rod Removal Tool
  • Metric Sockets
  • Car Jack
  • Jack Stands
  • Ratchet wrench
  • Torque wrench


  • Park your Nissan on level ground. Place the shifter in the park and engage the parking brakes. park nissan get ready to change outer tie rod
  • Use the lug nut wrench to break loose the lug nuts. Please don’t remove them yet. loosen the lug nuts
  • Next, jack the car using a floor jack. Place a jack stand under the frame to support the vehicle.  Remove the wheel from the vehicle.

  • Locate the outer tie rod right behind the steering knuckle. nissan outer tie rod location
  • Use a wrench to loosen up the bolt that secures the tie rod to the inner tie rod—marked with blue in the following picture.  how to replace tie rod on ALLMA years 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  • Remove the cotter pin (split pin) from the tie rod end using pliers.  Use a tie rod puller or separator to disconnect the tie rod from the knuckle. Remove the old tie rod by twisting it counterclockwise several times. The inner tie rod has many threads, which can take a while.

  • Reinstall a new tie rod on your Nissan in reverse order.
  • Install the wheel and torque it to 90 ft-lbs or as your model recommends.
  • Drive to an alignment shop to have the front wheels aligned.
  • Torque Specifications

    • Castle nut: 44 Nm
    • Jam nut: 75 Nm

    Symptoms failed tie rod.

    Common symptoms indicate that your Nissan tie rod needs to be replaced.

    • Quest Has Loose steering,
    • Nissan Steering wheel shaking when hitting bumps,
    • Noise such as clunking or knocking,
    • Car pull to one side due to worn tie rod
    • Nissan Quest has Steering Wheel Vibrations.

    The pictures in this guide are from a Nissan Quest, but these instructions will help you change the tie rod on Nissan Altima, Quest, Sentra, Maxima, Rogue, Cube, Frontier, and other models.

    We hope you find the Nissan Outer Tie Rod Replacement DIY guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Nissan.

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