In this guide, we will show you how to replace the tie rod end on a Tesla.
You will need
- Metric Socket Set
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Impact gun
- Socket set
- Replacement tie rod end
- Torque wrench
- Park in a safe work area
- Raise the car using the floor jack, then lower it onto the jack stand.
- Remove the wheel on the side you need to replace the rod end on.
- Remove the wheel using the impact gun. With an impact, you don't need to loosen the nuts on the floor first.
- Make a mark on the tie rod to pinpoint where it is adjusted to. You will need that as a point of reference when installing the new one.
- After making a reference mark, remove the nut holding the ball joint of the tie rod. Then, remove the joint from the hub, and use two wrenches to remove the tie rod by turning the nuts on the rod.
- Install the new tie rod. Pay attention to the reference mark you made, and make sure it lines up exactly.
- Torque both the jam nut and tie rod nut to spec.
- Install the cotter pin and bend ends so that the cotter pin does not slide out.
- Put the tire back on. Use the impact to tighten the lug nuts in a criss-cross pattern. Be careful not to strip the lugs.
- Remove the jack stand and lower the car so there is some weight on the wheel. Torque the wheel nuts to the recommended specs.
- We strongly recommend having the front wheel aligned at an alignment shop.
- Tighten jam nut against outer tie rod to 41 ft.-lbs. (56 N-M).
- Tie rod nut, tighten to 35 ft. Lbs then align hole for the cotter pin but do not exceed 52 ft. Lbs.
- Inner Tie Rod: 74 ft. Lb
DIY Cost: $30-$65
Est. Time: 2 hr