In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change the outer tie rod on Chevrolet vehicles. Changing the tie rod on your Chevrolet is easy and requires a few basic tools.

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

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Park your Chevrolet on 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
  2. Set the parking barking brakes before you start working on your Chevrolet. 
  3. Brake lose the lug nuts before you jack up your Chevrolet. remove tire to replace tie rod on Chevrolet Do not remove the lug nuts completely yet. 
  4. 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.
  5. Locate the out tie rod.chevrolet outer tie rodHere is a picture of the tie rod on a Chevrolet. 
  6. Remove the cotter pin (split pin) from the tie rod end. 1990-Present Chevrolet  vehicle tie rod replacement diy instructionsThis will allow you remove the castle nut.
  7. Remove the castle nut from the steering knuckle of your Chevrolet. 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.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. 
  8. Use a wrench to loosen up the bolt that locks the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod. Mark Chevrolet  tie rod before removal
  9. Next, use a marker or chalk to mark the threads at the end of the outer tie rod.chevrolet tie rodThis will help with keeping the alignment as close to stock as possible when installing the new outer tie rod.
  10. Use a tie rod puller or separator to disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle. Remove Chevrolet  tie rod and change itDo not use a fork if you plan on reusing the same tie rod because a fork will damage the boot.
  11. Remove the old tie rod by turning it counterclockwise several times. The inner tie rod has many threads, so this can take a while.Old tie rod Chevrolet  1990-Present

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

  13. Drive the vehicle to an alignment shop to have the wheel aligned. 

Follow the step by step instructions below to learn how to replace tie rods on Chevrolet.

This guide applies to Chevrolet (Chevy) 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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How to Replace Tie Rod on a Chevy | Outer In this guide, you will find instructions on how to change the outer tie rod on Chevrolet vehicles. Changing the tie rod on your Chevrolet is easy and requires a few basic tools. Symptoms Below are some of the most common symptoms of bad tie rods.