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This guide provides instructions on how to change a tie rod on Acura vehicles.

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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.


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

  • Loose steering,
  • Steering wheel shaking when going over bumps,
  • Steering wheel shaking at highway driving,
  • Excessive steering wheel play,
  • Noise such as clunking or knocking from suspension,
  • Acura pulls to one side due to alignment issue,
  • Acura steering wheel vibrations at high speed

What you will need


  1. Park the ACURA on a flat surface. Place the shifter in 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
  2. Remember to set the parking brakes before you start working on your ACURA and block the wheels with wheel chocks.   Before raising the ACURA, you need to break loose the lug nuts. remove tire to replace tie rod on ACURA model
  3. Jack up the car and remove the front wheel. Jack up the car using a floor jack. Place a jack stand to support the vehicle. 

  4. Locate the outer tie rod. The picture shows the location of the outer tie rod on an Acura TL.acura tie rodacura cotter pin removal
  5. Locate the cotter pin and remove it.1998-2019 ACURA model tie rod replacement diy instructions

  6. Remove the cotter pin (split pin) from the tie rod end. This will allow you to remove the castle nut. 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
  7. Remove the castle nut from the steering knuckle of your ACURA. If the threads are rusted, use a wire brush to clean the threads.
  8. Apply penetrating oil and allow it to soak.
  9. Counter hold the tie rod end, or the castle nut will just sping and refuse to come out. acura tie rod locking nut removal loosen
  10. Use a wrench to loosen up the locking bolt that secures the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod. Mark ACURA model tie rod before removal
  11. 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.
  12. You will still need to align the front wheels. Remove ACURA model tie rod and change it
  13. Use a tie rod puller or separator to disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
  14. Do not use a fork if you plan on reusing the same tie rod because a fork will damage the boot. Old tie rod ACURA model 1998-2019
  15. Remove the old tie rod by turning it counterclockwise several times. The inner tie rod has many threads, so this can take a while. Install new tie rod ACURA model
  16. Install the new tie rod in reverse order. Torque the castle and jam nut to specification. 
  17. Get your wheels aligned at a wheel alignment shop near you. 

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 the 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.