Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Memphis, TN
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Re: Tie rod ends
I wouldn't call it an "easy" job, but if you have some tools, an hour or so, and a place you can scream profanities, it's do-able. I use needle-nose pliers, a 7/8" combination wrench, a ball-peen hammer, and whatever size socket the adjusting sleeve bolts are (9/16"?). I tried a tie rod end separator once, and all it did was tear up the seal and P!$$ me off.
You can check them by jacking up one wheel and trying to push it side-to-side from underneath and watching each tie-rod end, the ball joints, and the caliper (movement here would indicate the wheel bearings are loose). I think my lifetime ones were $30 each at Hi-Lo (O'Reilly now) about 5 years ago.
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