Audi Tie Rod Replacement DIY Guide

Audi Tie Rod Replacement DIY Guide

Last Updated on Wednesday Mar 14, 2018

In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change Audi outer tie rod yourself. The cost to change Audi tie rod at the dealer or auto repair shop is between $380-$500. Average cost to change Audi tie rods yourself is $35-$80 for parts plus the cost of front wheel alignment. 

Changing the tie rod on your Audi is easy and requires very few tools. You can save money by replacing the tie rod yourself. Note that front wheel alignment is required after you change Audi tie rod. To replace the tie rod on your Audi plan on about one to two hours depending on your level of experience. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to replace tie rods on Audi A1 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 Q3 Q5 Q7 TT.

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1. Symptoms of a bad tie rod

Below are some of the most common symptoms of bad tie rods.

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

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3. Instructions

Follow these instructions to replace outer tie rod on your Audi.

Step 1

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Park your Audi on a flat surface. Place the shifter in the park position and engage the parking brakes.

Step 2

remove tire to replace tie rod on Audi A S Q TT models

Before you raise your Audi you need to break loose the lug nuts. Do not remove them completely. 

Step 3

Jack up the car and remove the front wheel. Rember to place a wheel chock behind one of the rear wheels. Next jack up the car using a floor jack. Place a jack stand to support the vehicle.

Step 4

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Locate the out tie rod. Here is a picture of the tie rod on an Audi A4.

Step 5

1995-2020 Audi 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

Audi A S Q TT models  remove castle nut from tie rod A1 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 Q3 Q5 Q7 TT

Remove the castle nut from the steering knuckle of your Audi. 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 or the castle nut will just sping and refuse to come out.

Step 7

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

Step 8

Mark Audi A S Q TT models  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.

Step 9

Remove Audi A S Q TT models  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 Audi A S Q TT models  1995-2020

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 Audi A S Q TT models

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

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  • Always perform front wheel alignment after you change a tie rod. 
  • Torque the nut to manufacturers specification.
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