Replacing the tie rod on a Quest yourself is easy and will take most DIYers between forty-five minutes to one hour.
Replacement tie rods for Nissan Quest cost most DIYers between $50 to $80. You will still need an auto repair shop to align the front wheels, which brings the total cost to replace the outer tie rods yourself to about $200.
Follow the instructions below to learn how to replace tie rods on Nissan Quest manufactured from 2011-2017.
What you will need
- Park your Nissan level ground. Place the shifter in the park and engage the parking brakes.
- Use the lug nut wrench to break loose the lug nuts. Don't remove them yet.
- Next, jack the car using a floor jack. Place a jack stand under the frame to support the vehicle. Remove the wheel from the vehicle.
- Locate the outer tie rod right behind the steering knuckle.
- Use a wrench to loosen up the bolt that secures the tie rod to the inner tie rod. Marked with blue in the following picture.
- Remove the cotter pin (split pin) from the tie rod end using pliers. Use a tie rod puller or separator to disconnect the tie rod from the knuckle. Remove the old tie rod by twisting it counterclockwise several times. The inner tie rod has many threads, so this can take a while.
- Reinstall a new tie rod on your Nissan in reverse order.
- Install the wheel and torque it to 90 ft-lbs or as recommended for your model.
- Drive to an alignment shop to have the front wheels aligned.
- Castle nut: 44 Nm
- Jam nut: 75 Nm
Symptoms failed tie rod.
Common symptoms indicating that your Nissan tie rod needs to be replaced.
- Quest Has Loose steering,
- Nissan Steering wheel shaking when hitting bumps,
- Noise such as clunking or knocking,
- Car pull to one side due to worn tie rod
- Nissan Quest has Steering Wheel Vibrations.
The pictures in this guide are from a Nissan Quest, but these instructions will help you change the tie rod on Nissan Altima, Quest, Sentra, Maxima, Rogue, Cube, Frontier, and other models.