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State inspection...needs pass. inner tie rod (same as center drag link?) any exploded views or tips for DIY replacement appreciated.

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It can be difficult to make the determination without someone helping you. The pitman arm comes off the steering box output shaft and is the first motion that is evident from steering input. To check play here, let vehicle remain on the ground to where the front tires touch and restrain any movement. Have assistant turn steering wheel back and forth while you note any movement between shaft and drag/center link connection. At the sane time slide over to passenger's side of drag/center link and note any movement between the fixed idler arm and its connection to the drag/center link. Some slight movement is allowable, but substantial movement requires replacement. A good step-by-step instruction for replacment can be found here: http://autorepair.about.com/od/fixityourself/ss/pitman-arm-repl.htm

Once safely on jack stands, have your assistant grasp the driver's side tire at 9 and 3 o'clock and make short quick movements in and out. Observe any movement. Closely inspect movement at the inner and outer tie rods as well as their connection to the drag link. 29c82074-af7b-4186-95b2-53eac0555ed7.gif

Replace any item that is excessively worn. Use a pickle fork or ball joint separator tool to dismantle and take measurements of length of worn out items in order to approximate re-installation of new part.
Check out this video for other hints: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc8glzE6eeo

Once you have replaced the worn parts you will still need to have a front-end alignment, but this will get you close. Good Luck!

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The inner tie rod ends are on the other end of the same rod as the outer tie rod ends. They should connect to the drag link and look almost identical to the outer tie rod ends. Hope this helps.

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I need to rplace the inner tie rods.


Inner tie rods rarely if ever need to be replaced in my experience: outer tie rod ends are far more common. Its not impossible so here's how.

1. remove the tie rod ends from the knuckle.
2. remove the clamp for the rubber bellows on the rack ends, and slide the bellows down the rod.
3. Turn the rack to fullleft or right as needed to get access to the inner rod end that screws into the rack.
4. There's a lock tab that has to be bent flat. This locks the rod end into the rack.
5. You'll need a (probably) 32mm wrench to undo the rod end from the rack.
6. Note how the lock tab is fitted to the rack/rod end.

7. Put in the new tie rods.

If your garage mechanic told you the inner tie rods are worn out, I'd ask why they think so. At step 4. above, try rotating the rod. This should be quite difficult. There should be NO evidence of slop or wear in the inner joint. What more commonly wears is the bushes on the end of the rack. These bushes are easily replacable with the rack in the car.The tie rods have to be removed to do this. So, when the rods are off, inspect the rack bushes for wear.

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I have a 1976 cadillac deville and I hsve a loud clicking rotating noise coming from underneath the car. When I do around 45 I can feel vibration from the same area. I just put new ilder arm, center link,...


tmac2scorpi, The inner tie rods will not make any noise whatsoever. What you need to check is the axle shafts coming out of the transaxle. You can do this by having someone walk along the vehicle as you make extreme right and left turns. You may hear the clicking noise that you mentioned here. Right now you state that you hear the noise at certain speeds so it may be hard to hear it when you are going slower with someone walking with the vehicle. If the noise is there then the axle shaft on that side of the vehicle will have to be replaced. Good luck with this.

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The inner holes, the inner tierod ends go into the outer holes.

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I just bought a 93 honda civic and I took it to goodyear and they said I needed my tie rods tightend is there a way I can do it myself?


Yes. If it's to correct alignment, the inner tie rod shaft has to be moved into your outer tie rod and then tightened. this is all done from the wheel area.

If it is to correct play in the steering, then this should apply.

The inner tie rod connection to the Rack unit is hidden by the rack boot which will need to be removed from the Rack unit but not completely removed from the shaft, just pushed over out of the way while working on the inner tie rod adjustment. The large nut on the end of the inner tie rod will have to be loosened & checked, for any damage, then reinstalled & tightened to the correct amount necessary to cause sufficient drag on the inner tie rod but not too much to restrict it during normal use.

You may even want to consider a remanufactured Rack unit if you have too much slack in the steering. Tightening the Inner Tie Rods doesn't replace the seals & rebuild the remainder of the Rack & Pinion, yet these parts all have the same amount of wear on them that the Inner Tie Rod does.

Manuals available w/step by step instructions for your vehicle at parts stores. good luck

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Repair steering linkage


You'll have to rent or borrow a pickle fork and a pitman arm puller. There is more than one size of pickle fork so specify for tie rod ends. You can buy them too, about $100 for the pair and they are not vehicle specific.
Jack and block up your front end so the wheels are clear. Take the nut off the tie rod end and wedge the pickle fork between the tie rod and the drag link, rap with a hammer until it separates. Loosen the bolt on the collar and unscrew the tie rod end. Count the turns when you remove it and screw the new one in the same number of turns.Fit it into the drag link and tighten the collar and the new nut.
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You'll probably need an adjustable wrench to remove the nut from the pitman arm,it's bigger than most wrench sets. Separate it from the drag link first. Slide the puller on and tighten it up. Once it starts to turn hard, give the bolt on the puller a rap with the hammer and tighten some more. Repeat until the arm comes off. Slip the new one on and tighten.
Don't be shy when you tighten these parts because if there is play, the holes in the drag link will oval out and you will have to replace it too. Don,t use a pickle fork on the pitman arm or you will have to replace the seal in the bottom of the steering box. Hope this helps.

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