Audi Tie Rod Replacement DIY Guide
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. Following steps are general instructions for Audi A1 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 Q3 Q5 Q7 TT.
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
What you will need
- Audi Outer Tie Rod
- Tie Rod Removal Tool
- Basic Tools
- Jack and Stands
Follow these instructions to replace outer tie rod on your Audi.
Park your Audi on a flat surface. Place the shifter in the park position and engage the parking brakes.
Before you raise your Audi you need to break loose the lug nuts. Do not remove them completely.
Locate the out tie rod. Here is a picture of the tie rod on an Audi A4.
Remove the cotter pin (split pin) from the tie rod end. This will allow you to remove the castle nut.
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.
Use a wrench to loosen up the bolt that secures the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod.
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.
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.
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 the new tie rod in reverse order. Torque the castle and jam nut to specification.
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