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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Loosen the wheel lugs, jack up the vehile,use jack stands under the frame for safety, remove the tire.Turn the steering wheel hard right.Now I am assuming you want to change the outer tie rod on the steering rod.Or maybe the inner.
Then loosen the nut and bring the nut up to be flush with the tie rod joint.
Now either with a splitting tie rod fork (you can rent one from a local parts store free) hammer it tight between the ball part of the joint and the tie rod, it should pop off from the taper lock.
If not give a few sharp raps with good sized hammer and will break it loose.
You can get a manual from your local library on the vehile to help .
Posted on Nov 06, 2009
Yes degreaser will not hurt it. The outer tie rod is retained only by one nut that connects it to the inner tie rod.Once you have this loosen just turn the outer tie rod to the left to remove it from the inner tie rod.
Posted on Feb 24, 2010
SOURCE: 2002 ford escape tie rod squeaks
My outer tie rod did the same thing when just out of warranty. I could tell it was "bad" by putting my hand on the tie rod while someone else turned the steering a little and I could easily feel the vibration.
Check the other side to feel the difference. Tie rods don't cost that much, if you can replace it yourself, and take a chance on foregoing the wheel alignment. Maybe a $150? job at the shop.
In my case, a tie rod was not readily available. I verified that it was a good joint; no shake or rattle. Then I squirted a little WD40 inside the boot, and put it back together. 70,000 miles later, the new tie rod is still on my shelf waiting for the squeak to return.
Posted on Mar 17, 2010
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