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Old 12 Sep 2010, 10:00 am
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Default Inner tie rods serviceable? [SOLVED]

Replaced the outer tie rods on a 2001 Limited.. Inner tie rods are loose and fall when let go, indicating they need to be replaced. Everything I'm seeing says they aren't serviceable, yet Rockauto/Amazon/Autozone all sell replacement inner tie rods.

Anyone know if these are replaceable?

Thanks!

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Old 15 Sep 2010, 03:31 pm
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Question Re: Inner tie rods serviceable?

Well since none of you were able to help, I did it ma-self!

The issue in replacing this part is that a typical inner tie rod has either a hex shape, or flat-sides on two sides, both allow the typical tool used to remove inner tie rods to get a grip and twist. PT inner tie rods are round however, making the typical tool unusable. Both Autozone and a local mechanic had never seen a round inner tie rod.

The local mechanic, who is a great guy, grabbed a snap-on catalogue and we found the following tool:

Wrench, Universal Inner Tie Rod at Snap-on

As well as:

Lisle LIS46600 Universal Inner Tie Rod Wrench at Amazon

The tool uses 3 set screws which adequately grab the inner tie rod enough to install! He is going to buy the tool and allow me to use to replace my own myself! Like I said, a great guy..

So there ya have it! I'll post when done and list anything that might be unusual compared to a typical tie rod...

Hope it helps!

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Old 15 Sep 2010, 04:52 pm
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Default Re: Inner tie rods serviceable?

Many times when you do not get a response is because no one else has had to do this or have gotten a mechanic to do it. Being smart about no comments, doesn't make anyone to happy in answering any more of your questions.
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Old 15 Sep 2010, 05:31 pm
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Default Re: Inner tie rods serviceable?

It's obvious it was said in fun AND I contributed to the knowledge base...

I mean I even did a smiley..

Go change yer inner tie-rods!
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Default Re: Inner tie rods serviceable?

Good info, thanks!
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Old 22 Nov 2010, 04:34 pm
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Default Re: Inner tie rods serviceable?

Calvin,

Did you replace the inner rod yet? If so, how did the tool work out? Dealership want to replace the whole rack for a leaking boot. I'm guessing that maybe the boot comes with the inner rod??

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Old 29 Apr 2011, 11:10 pm
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Default Re: Inner tie rods serviceable?

Wow, I am glad someone had actual useful info on how to get it done, sitting here wondering if i CAN take apart and searching six ways to sunday, found nothing but BS.
I will see if replacing inner tie rod ends on this '01 POS will get rid of the death shake once and for all!
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Old 30 May 2011, 10:07 am
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Default Re: Inner tie rods serviceable?

This a a great post thanks for all the info. However, I can't justify spending that much money on a wrench that I will barely ever use. Anyone run into any alternatives?

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Default Re: Inner tie rods serviceable?

Maybe you can buy the tool, use it and then sell it here..... If you do that I'll buy it from you, use it and re sell it again and keep the chain going
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Maybe you can buy the tool, use it and then sell it here..... If you do that I'll buy it from you, use it and re sell it again and keep the chain going
I have one that you can borrow for the cost of shipping...
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