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Old 07 Oct 2017, 04:30 pm
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Default New inner tie rod replacement

The old ITR was pretty much shot so I watched as many YouTube videos as I could and figured it wasn't that hard a job, which it shouldn't have been. Unfortunately the old tie rod did not have what I assume are the notches that the removal tool uses. Rather, it is smooth and so there was nothing to grab with the tool.

I am aware of the tool that uses Allen screws to grip the ITR with but those are apparently not available locally and I need to get the car on the road.

Is there another method to remove the ITR than the two tools I've mentioned?

Thanks.

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Old 08 Oct 2017, 09:38 am
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Default Re: New inner tie rod replacement

Yes.

Turn the steering wheel all the way until the ram is out as far as possible on the side with inner tie rod you are trying to change. Then see if there is room for a pipe wrench.

I've never had to do the inner tie rod ends on one of my PT Cruisers. However, I did do them on my past Sebring Convertible. And I had the same issue you have with no place to grip the inner tie rod ends or use the normal tool. I found that I was able to get a short-handled pipe wrench around them and then use a pry bar push the handle and break them loose. This may be easier or harder on a PT depending on how far the inner tie rod end will extend to clear the chassis. It costs nothing to check this if you already own a properly sized pipe wrench.

Also when working on other vehicles, I've had varying levels of success using these:



However, they sometimes just won't grip the inner tie rod end depending on how it's made. Autozone usually has these in the store.
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Old 08 Oct 2017, 10:46 am
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Default Re: New inner tie rod replacement

Iím in Orlando and I have the tool. I can mail it too you, if you pay shipping both ways
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Old 08 Oct 2017, 01:29 pm
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That worked, Handy! I didn't have a pipe wrench but my channel locks and a crowbar did the trick. Many thanks!

And thank you PTloser32805 for your offer.

Looks like I can actually ride to work tomorrow.

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Old 09 Oct 2017, 06:41 pm
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just what Handy Cruiser said, thats what I bought to do mine.. their cheap and work great
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