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Old 28 Sep 2018, 06:49 pm
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Default Inner tie rod ends

The end at the rack and pinion on my 02 cruiser is worn. Is there any way to change the inner rod end?
I have the outer off and the boot off and I don't see any way to remove the inner one. There are no flats for a wrench to turn it and I am afraid I am going to mess up the rack if I turn it too hard.

Ideas?
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Old 28 Sep 2018, 08:08 pm
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What year is your Pt Cruiser?

The Factory Shop Manual has instructions that should help you.
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Old 28 Sep 2018, 08:27 pm
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it's easy with the right tool

inner tie rod tool
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Old 28 Sep 2018, 09:51 pm
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Default Re: Inner tie rod ends

Thanks for the replies.

My service manual didn't say anything about the inner tie rod ends. Unless it is hidden somewhere in there.

My cruiser is a 2002 limited that has been in the family since new and it is my turn with it now. Already made some upgrades to the engine and now to the suspension.

Thank you so much.
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Old 29 Sep 2018, 09:28 am
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And thank you for keeping the PT on the road.
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Old 30 Sep 2018, 08:43 pm
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My pleasure

I love these cars and always have.

My 18 year old daughter drives an 07 with a 5 speed. It was bought me by my dad and was maintained very well. It had 75,000 miles when she got it. We have changed the timing belt ad did a few upgrades and she takes such great care of it.
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Old 01 Oct 2018, 11:56 am
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Default Re: Inner tie rod ends

This is the tie rod tool that I bought to replace the inners on my 2001.


CalVan tool 946

You attach it to the inner tie rod close to the rack and pinion. Insert a 3/8" extension into the square hole. It makes removal and install easy.
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Old 02 Oct 2018, 03:45 pm
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All you need is a "Inner Tie Rod Removal Tool". Several have already posted links. If you're looking to do this once budget, you can rent one from your local auto parts store. They'll charge you full price and when you return it, they'll give you all your money back. It's the way to go! I've rented tools from AutoZone and Advance many, many times. It's a wonder how easy it is to do some jobs with the right tool.
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Old 02 Oct 2018, 06:48 pm
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OP,

I replaced my inner tie rod ends using a removal tool that is shaped like a long pipe that slides over the tie rod. Worked like a champ.

I would recommend checking the prices of two inner tie rods vs a rack assembly. I think you are going to find the rack with new inners is not that much more expensive.
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Old 10 Oct 2018, 08:17 pm
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I bought the tool to remove and replace them. I used the one that was a long tube with 3 set screws and it worked like a charm!!!

Thanks everyone for the help!!!
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