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How do you change the INNER tie rods - 2002 Chrysler Sebring

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  • kimcomechani Mar 21, 2011

    there is some kind of boot over the inners can't get to them already removed ends. this is a v6 2.7liter Convertible sebring. Need more technical info we know how to do a typical inner tie rod removel never seen them like this

  • kimcomechani Mar 21, 2011

    rubber flexible boot

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I would recommend that you take the outer tie rod end lose, and that will allow you to then loosen each side of the inner tie rod and take it off. Remember that when you are taking the inner tie rod off that you will need to have the front end aligned after you have installed them. You can count how many times that the inner tie rod turns before it comes lose, and then screw it back on that many times/rounds before you lock it down and that will get it close, but you will want to have the front end aligned to avoid premature wear on your tires.

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  • Charles Huckeba
    Charles Huckeba Mar 21, 2011

    Are you looking at a metal cover, or a boot?

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    Charles Huckeba Mar 21, 2011

    You may have to take the rack and pinion loose to gain full access to the inner tie rods.

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    Charles Huckeba Mar 21, 2011

    You can remove the boot from either end. You may have to cut it on the end to access the lock nut, but it should just slide over it. If you have to cut the boot, then you can zip tie back on each end, or get a replacement boot.

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