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: Inner Tie Rod

01-12-2008, 04:37 PM
Hey all,
I was driving through the city and hit a nasty pot hole. It chipped the edge of one of my wheels, and bust my FL tire. After getting the spare on, I went and bought all new tires (needed it). While I was there, they showed the play in the FL wheel. You can shimmy back toward/away from the car a tiny bit (maybe 1/4"). He told me I need to replace the inner tie rods.

After looking online, I found some inner tie rods. These: QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQtrksidZp1638.m118.l1247QQ cmdZViewItem

My question is, how hard are these to do myself, or with mechanically inclined friends? They look like they simply screw in.


01-12-2008, 04:58 PM
Simple bolt-up stuff, but you will need to get it aligned afterwards. (Steering alignment is done by adjusting the tie rod ends.)

01-12-2008, 05:02 PM
Thats what I thought. Thanks.

01-12-2008, 05:52 PM
I can get it close to what it is now, alignment wise but it will still be off a little bit.

01-12-2008, 06:05 PM
Thats fine Jim. Thanks.

DJ Hellfire
01-12-2008, 09:12 PM
You can do it on your own, but you will need and inner tie-rod tool to remove and install it. It's pretty simple, but you will definitely have to get a wheel alignment afterwards. Also, since you're changing the inner, you might as well change the outer too, since it's has to come off anyway.

This is the tool you need:

Let me know if you will do it and I'll give you step by step instructions on how to do it.

Actually looking at the pic of the tie rods, you may not need the tool for those. They look like you can get a wrench on that little nub before the threads. Only problem that I could see is there not being enough room to swing the wrench!

01-13-2008, 07:24 AM
^ yeah i was going to say there is a special tool that you must use.

just make sure its the inner and not hte outer it could be one or the other or both.

01-13-2008, 11:14 AM
Well I went ahead and bought the tool on ebay.

Im sure its not the outer. When it was up on the lift, I got a chance to mess with both.

01-13-2008, 12:22 PM
I haven't done an inner before. I'll have to make sure its not that different to do.

DJ Hellfire
01-13-2008, 01:19 PM
I haven't done an inner before. I'll have to make sure its not that different to do.

The inner is very much different to do! It's not as simple as an outer, but still doable in a driveway!

01-13-2008, 03:37 PM
Changed my outters two weeks ago, the best set the local autoguy had were Moog. To my surprise when they came out of the sealed bags--Made in Korea. They were virtually identical to the worn out OEM on the car; measured with a digital vernier.

01-15-2008, 06:40 AM
as soon as you are WILL have to go straight to the alingment rack.

01-15-2008, 11:27 AM
Maybe, I've gotten the alignment pretty close to what it was before when doing outers ;) I gotta read up on the inner since I have time today (thanks to a stomach bug)

04 elantra cvvt
01-15-2008, 10:54 PM
Inners are a little tricky. The best way to get it close is to count the number of turns it takes to remove the old one, and match that when installing the new ones.

01-15-2008, 11:57 PM
I know Ill need a alignment. If possible, Ill try to get one done that day.

01-16-2008, 06:58 AM
Yes, counting the turns is what I've done in the past.