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I need to replace a tie rod and ball joints. i plan to get the book and go at it. i very good with my hands but have never done this before. is there any thing specific i need to be aware of , special tools ect?? thanks a lot

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Hi these are not difficult parts to change how ever getting the ball joints out of the arm is the problem your easiest way would be to buy a ball join splitter this will save you time trying to get the ball joins out by hitting the arm they are stuck in, these ball joint splitters can be bought for next to nothing from most car spares shops, so its worth getting hold of one if you dont have one,.

now the ball joints are not a problem and pretty easy to do now the tie rods are more difficult so take your time and when you have removed the tie rod from the hub you need to count how many turns it takes to get the tie rod off the end of the rack not doing this will mean your tracking will be out and cause tyre ware and possible pulling to one side whilst driving.

always check the new tie rods are the exact same size as the old one if they are any different then your going to need to get the tracking done before you move the car to prevent any damage, when they make these parts they sometimes improve the design so they can be slightly longer or shorter than the old ones so double check to make sure. still count how many turns it takes to get the tie rod off the rack and then when you put the new one on count this back on the same amount of turns and this should then allign the tracking back up to where it should be.

it is advised that you get the tracking done after doing any work with the tie rods or steering rack as your tracking may be out and this can cause fast tyre ware and put strain on the suspension so its worth getting your tracking checked after changing these parts.

if your getting the manual then you should have no problems doing this, it can be difficult without a ball joint splitter to get the ball joint out so i would buy one as it has saved me loads of time hitting the hub with hammer to free a seized ball joint.

other than that you should have no problems

its also advised you do both sides to ensure even ware on these parts as you will find if your having problems with one side it wont be long before you start getting problems with the other side.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

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OK.
The first thing you need is a couple of good tools.
You need a pickle fork or ball joint remover that looks like a two pronged fork. Get the 3 size set, if available, through Sears or local auto parts store.

Also, need a set of sockets to fit the nuts on the ball joints and tie rod ends.

And, you need a pair of jackstands and a jack and a cement ground to work on.

Also, you can use an impact wrench 1/2" and a swivel with a lock on the end, and impact sockets to remove the nuts quickly.

Also, there is a special tool for unwinding and winding in the tie rod end from SnapOn that can be used with a 1/2" impact wrench to quickly adjust in and out.

Finally, you'll have to have a 4 wheel alignment technician professionally align your car after you do all of this work.

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Usually the book (haynes) will tell you about all of those things

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