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might have to replace tie rod end. how hard is it?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by white toy taco, May 17, 2012.

  1. May 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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    white toy taco

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    i was replacing a lower ball joint and i was beating the tie rod end bolt to where it "warped" the top 2 threads. im going to try and grind it down and see if i can get it to work. i have another tie rod end incase it doesnt work. how hard is it and how do you do it?
     
  2. Jul 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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    They are very easy to replace, just remover the cutter pin, loosen the castle nut and unscrew to the end but don't remove yet. use this tool and the Tie-rod pops out, remove castle nut, unscrew tie-rod from the steering link, put the new tie rod in reverse order. torque castle nut to spec's and put cutter pin. Do a front end alignment on the truck. Took me an hour a piece. Good luck man

    tierod.jpg
     
  3. Jul 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM
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    awesome thanks for the reply! i ripped the shit out of the boot so i need to replace it
     
  4. Oct 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM
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    where do you get the boots?! mine were ripped when i replaced them so i just have shock boots on them right now :p haha
     
  5. Oct 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    I don't think you can replace just the boot. You have to replace the whole end.
     
  6. Oct 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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    yea i think thats right, i just got a new tie rod end because i had to grind the bolt a little so i need a whole new one
     
  7. Oct 22, 2012 at 6:26 PM
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    Break the nut loose from the inner before you tear it apart, makes it easier and a little quicker than fighting with it after you get the TRE assy out of the spindle.

    If you dont have the tie rod end tool pictured above, a pickle fork works well, but I actually hit the spindle perpendicular to the tie rod end and a few whacks and it pops right out and go right on. With getting it, you should be able to do it in about 20-25 minutes from jacking up to dropping it down, per side
     
  8. Oct 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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    You really didnt need to do that. You ground off way to much.

    If you'd taken a small fine file and gone after the threads, you could have cleaned them up. You could have then chased the threads and been fine!
     
  9. Oct 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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    yea i just ground down the top threads that were warped so i really didnt grind too much
     
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