Tie Rod Tools
Want to replace the inner tie rod? You need a Tie Rod Tools. The best set I’ve found is from Lisle tools. It’s a complete kit. Just disconnect the outer tie rod end and slide the tube and the proper insert onto the inner tie rod end. Then just use a 1/2-in. drive ratchet to unscrew it. Make sure you hold the rack with a large adjustable wrench to prevent it from damaging the pinion gear. The kit pays for itself on the first use.
Also, consider this OTC kit for disconnecting tie rod ends and ball joints. It’s a very high quality kit, unlike the Chinese junk you find on the net.
© 2012 Rick Muscoplat
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