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I need to replace the inner tie rods on my 97' conti......need a diagram of how to and any other info pertinent to the job - Bair

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  • Barry Supernand Mar 16, 2009

    Dear asetech74 - I also have to replace the front left n' right STRUT ROD BUSHINGS....any advice for this procedure?.....and also just wanna say thanks for the clear instructions on the TIE ROD replacement - B

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If this is a rack and pinion type steering, in order to remove the inner tie rods you will first have loosen the jam nut at the outer tie rod end,next unbolt the outer tie rod from the steering knuckle, unscrew the outer tie rod end off (be sure to count how many turns to remove), next remove the inner bellows boot (black boot) from the tie rod / rack and pinion, next is to unscrew the inner tie rod from the rack assembly (the do make a tool for this to make it easier) but if you do not have the tool,you can sometimes use a big pair of channel locks or a big enough wrench to fit on the fitting on the inside of the inner tie rod, and just unscrew the inner tie rod (normal left=loosen, right=tighten). Hope this helps. Would also recommend having it aligned after you are finished.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

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    Ed Warden Mar 17, 2009

    If i recall correctly, you should b able to unbolt the strut rod from the lower control arm. There will be some tension on them, you may want to unbolt at the bushings first. These are kinda tricky because of their function for the vehicles stability. Would recommend taking a close look at exactly how they are mounted to the vehicle before any disassembly. I am trying to recall if you may have to unbolt the lower control arm from the subframe to remove the strut rods to be able to replace the inner set of bushings. Please send a message if you have any trouble. If there is a severe problem you run into, i may be able to give you my direct # and possibly walk you through it. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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