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    Default Inner Tie Rod Guide

    Hi all,

    Have a horrid noise and after a free suspension check i was told the inner tie rods were in a shocking state.

    I've tried searching on here but the search doesn't like the words i used so i can't find a guide.

    Anyone got a guide on doing them? I've already bought them, apparantly they are called drumsticks in the trade.

    Are they easy enough to do as i've never done them before?

    Thanks,

    Andy

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    first thing is to remove the track rod end from the swivel on the hub

    right then there is a gaitor on the steering rack that covers the drumstick end of the inner tie rod

    undo clamp/cable tie on the OUTER bit of the gaitor and then push the gaitor towards the other side of the car

    you will then see the drumstick bit of the inner tie rod

    there is usuall a spanner shaped nut on the ball end that you have to undo
    If i can recall correctly i believe its a 32mm spanner

    then just unscrew the drumstick with track rod end still on it

    when you have it all off the car undo the locking nut for the track rod end and wind the track rod end of the inner tie rod , while counting how many turns it takes to unwind it

    then remove the locking nut from old inner tie rod and wind it onto new inner tie rod

    then wind the track rod end onto the new inner tie rod the same amount of turns as it took to remove it off the old one , then tighten locking nut

    screw new inner tie rod onto steering rack , tighten , grease and then reattach gaitor
    make sure gaitor clip is tight so no grease can get out

    reattach track rod end to hub swivel

    replace track rod end nut

    recheck everything is tight and viola

    job done

    now go get your 4 wheel allignment done as it will be out

    hope this helps

    ( not bad from memory )

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    Quote Originally Posted by marktaylor View Post
    first thing is to remove the track rod end from the swivel on the hub

    right then there is a gaitor on the steering rack that covers the drumstick end of the inner tie rod

    undo clamp/cable tie on the OUTER bit of the gaitor and then push the gaitor towards the other side of the car

    you will then see the drumstick bit of the inner tie rod

    there is usuall a spanner shaped nut on the ball end that you have to undo
    If i can recall correctly i believe its a 32mm spanner

    then just unscrew the drumstick with track rod end still on it

    when you have it all off the car undo the locking nut for the track rod end and wind the track rod end of the inner tie rod , while counting how many turns it takes to unwind it

    then remove the locking nut from old inner tie rod and wind it onto new inner tie rod

    then wind the track rod end onto the new inner tie rod the same amount of turns as it took to remove it off the old one , then tighten locking nut

    screw new inner tie rod onto steering rack , tighten , grease and then reattach gaitor
    make sure gaitor clip is tight so no grease can get out

    reattach track rod end to hub swivel

    replace track rod end nut

    recheck everything is tight and viola

    job done

    now go get your 4 wheel allignment done as it will be out

    hope this helps

    ( not bad from memory )
    Thanks, will give this a go tomorrow

    Andy

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    Will be intersting to see if the clam / cable tie etc has been replaced recently or not ;-)

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