Cadillac Tie Rod Replacement DIY

In this DIY guide, you will find instructions on how to change outer tie rod on Cadillac vehicles. Changing the tie rod on your Cadillac is easy and requires a few basic tools. The typical cost to change Cadillac tie rod at an auto repair shop or Cadillac dealer is between $360 and $480 plus the cost of the wheel alignment.

The cost to change Cadillac tie rod yourself is under $100. To change the tie rod on your Cadillac plan on about two hours of labor. New tie rods for Cadillac 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 Cadillac manufactured from 1990-Present. This guide applies to Cadillac ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR.


Below are some of the most common symptoms of bad tie rods.

  • Cadillac has loose steering,
  • Steering wheel shaking when hitting bumps,
  • Excessive steering wheel play,
  • Noise such as clunking or knocking,
  • Cadillac pulls to one side,
  • Steering wheel vibrations

What you will need

  1. Cadillac Outer Tie Rod
  2. Tie Rod Removal Tool
  3. Basic Tools
  4. Jack and Stands


Step 1

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

Cadillac  ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR Parking Brake Location

Always set the parking barking brakes before you start working on your Cadillac.

Step 2

remove tire to replace tie rod on Cadillac

Remove the center cap from your Cadillac wheel. Brake lose the lug nuts before you jack up your Cadillac. Do not remove the lug nuts completely yet.

Step 3

Jack up the car and remove the front wheel. 

Step 4

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

cadillac outer tie rod location

Step 5

Remove the cotter pin (split pin) from the tie rod end. This will allow you to remove the castle nut.

1990-Present Cadillac vehicle tie rod replacement diy instructions

Step 6

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

Cadillac  remove castle nut from tie rod ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR

Step 7

Next, use a marker 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. Use an open-end wrench to loosen up the bolt that locks the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod.

Mark Cadillac  tie rod before removal

Step 8

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 joint.

Remove Cadillac  tie rod and change it

Step 9

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 Cadillac  1990-Present

Step 10

Install the new tie rod in reverse order. Torque the castle and jam nut to specification. Watch related videos to learn how to change tie rod on your Cadillac. 

Install new tie rod Cadillac

By YOUCANIC on Apr 12, 2019


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