Acura Tie Rod Replacement

Acura Tie Rod Replacement

 HUB: Acura  Updated Wednesday Feb 21, 2018

In this guide, you will learn how to change a tie rod on Acura vehicles. Replacing the tie rod on Acura is an easy job. Plan on average one hour to change an Acura tie rod. Keep in mind that front wheel alignment is required after tie rod replacement. 

This guide applies to Acura models such as MDX, NSX, RDX, RL RLX, RSX, SLX, TL TLX,  ZDX, CDX, CL, VSX, EL, ILX, Integra, Legend models 1998-2019. Changing the tie rod on your ACURA model requires a few basic tools. The typical cost to change ACURA model tie rod is between $360 and $480 at an auto repair shop or ACURA dealer. You can save money by replacing the tie rod yourself. New tie rods for ACURA typically cost between $50 and $80. Follow the step by step instructions below to learn how to replace tie rods on an ACURA.

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1. Symptoms

Below are some of the most common symptoms of a bad tie rod.

  • Loose steering,
  • Steering wheel shaking when hitting bumps,
  • Steering wheel shaking at highway driving,
  • Excessive steering wheel play,
  • Noise such as clunking or knocking,
  • Acura pulls to one side due to alignment issue,
  • Acura steering wheel vibrations at high speed
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2. What you will need

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3. Acura Tie Rod Replacement Instructions

Step 1

how to change outer tie rod ACURA model 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Park your ACURA model on a flat surface. Place the shifter in park.

ACURA model chassis Parking Brake Location

Set the parking barking brakes before you start working on your ACURA.

Step 2

remove tire to replace tie rod on ACURA model

Before you raise the ACURA you need to break loose the lug nuts.

Step 3

Jack up the car and remove the front wheel. First, start by securing at least one of the tires of your model. Next, jack up the car using a floor jack. Place a jack stand to support the vehicle.

Step 4

acura tie rod

Locate the out tie rod. Above shows the location of the outer tie rod on an Acura TL. 

Step 5

acura cotter pin removal

Locate the cotter pin and remove it.
 1998-2019 ACURA model tie rod replacement diy instructions

Remove the cotter pin (split pin) from the tie rod end. This will allow you remove the castle nut.

Step 6

ACURA model remove castle nut from tie rod MDX, NSX, RDX, RL RLX, RSX, SLX, TL TLX,  ZDX, CDX, CL, VSX, EL, ILX, Integra, Legend

Remove the castle nut from the steering knuckle of your ACURA model. If the threads are rusted use a wire brush to clean the threads. Apply penetrating oil and allow it to soak.

acura castle nut

Counter hold the tie rod end or the castle nut will just sping and refuse to come out.

Step 7

acura tie rod locking nut removal loosen

Use a wrench to loosen up the locking bolt that secures the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod.

Step 8

Mark ACURA model tie rod before removal

Next, use a marker or chalk to mark the threads at the end of the outer tie rod. This will help with keeping the alignment as close to stock as possible. You will still need to align the front wheels. 

Step 9

Remove ACURA model tie rod and change it

Use a tie rod puller or separator to disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle. Do not use a fork if you plan on reusing the same tie rod because a fork will damage the boot.

Step 10

Old tie rod ACURA model 1998-2019

Remove the old tie rod by turning it counterclockwise several times. The inner tie rod has many threads, so this can take a while.

Step 11

Install new tie rod ACURA model

Install the new tie rod in reverse order. Torque the castle and jam nut to specification.

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4. Video instructions

Watch the following video to learn how to change tie rod on your ACURA model.

Torque Specifications*

  • Castle Nut
    • 30 ft - lbs ~ 44.1N.m
  • Jam Nut
    •  55 ft. lbs. ~ 75 Nm

Typical values. Verify with your dealer. 


After you replace the tie rod on your car, you will need to get the front wheel alignment.

If you do not get front end alignment, your tires will wear unevenly and the car may pull to one side.

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