Chevrolet Outer Tie Rod Replacement DIY  Spark, Sonic, Bolt, Volt, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, City Express, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Sonic, Blazer, Astro, HHR, Uplander, Avalanche etc.

Chevrolet Outer Tie Rod Replacement DIY

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Updated Friday Apr 20, 2018

In this DIY guide, you will find instructions on how to change outer tie rod on Chevrolet vehicles. Changing the tie rod on your Chevrolet is easy and requires a few basic tools. The typical cost to change Chevrolet tie rod is between $360 and $480 at an auto repair shop or Chevrolet dealer. The cost to change Chevrolet tie rods yourself is under $80. To change the tie rod on your Chevrolet plan on about two hours of labor. New tie rods for Chevrolet cost between $40 to $80 when purchased online, see link below.

Follow the step by step instructions below to learn how to replace tie rods on Chevrolet. This guide applies to Chevrolet Spark, Sonic, Bolt, Volt, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, City Express, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Sonic, Blazer, Astro, HHR, Uplander, Avalanche etc..

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1. Symptoms

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 the alignment issue,
  • Steering wheel vibrations
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2. What you will need

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3. Instructions

Step 1

Park your Chevrolet on a level ground and pull the hood release under the dashboard to open the hood.

Chevrolet  Spark, Sonic, Bolt, Volt, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, City Express, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Sonic, Blazer, Astro, HHR, Uplander, Avalanche etc. Parking Brake Location

Rember to always set the parking barking brakes before you start working on your Chevrolet.

Step 2

remove tire to replace tie rod on Chevrolet

Brake lose the lug nuts before you jack up your Chevrolet. Do not remove the lug nuts completely yet.

Step 3

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

Step 4

chevrolet outer tie rod

Locate the out tie rod. Here is a picture of the tie rod on a Chevrolet.

Step 5

1990-Present Chevrolet  vehicle 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

Chevrolet  remove castle nut from tie rod Spark, Sonic, Bolt, Volt, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, City Express, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Sonic, Blazer, Astro, HHR, Uplander, Avalanche etc.

Remove the castle nut from the steering knuckle of your Chevrolet. 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.

Step 7

chevrolet tie rod

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

Step 8

Mark Chevrolet  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 when installing the new outer tie rod.

Step 9

Remove Chevrolet  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 Chevrolet  1990-Present

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 Chevrolet

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

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NOTES

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