How to Change Tie Rods (inner and outer tie rod ends)

Hey guys Chris fix here and today I am going to show you how to replace the tie-rod ends both the outside and the inside tie rod
ends very important for your steering and for
your toe alignment so I am going to show you how to do that now, so there is your tie rod you can see I can move this with my hand, it is very old 300,000 miles will do that to it. It is amazing they made it that far so here are all of the tools you are going to use for this job. You need a couple wrenches, screwdrivers, flathead
screwdrivers some lock tight thread glue a torque wrench, a breaker bar, hammer,
rubber mallet, needle nose plyers and a grease gun and the new tie rod inside and outside. You will also need an inner tie-rod tool which is this right here. You can rent
this for free Autozone or Pepboys or whatever the main part stores you use. So what you are going to do is take your needle nose plyers and open up the cotter pin so that it is straight. And once the cotter pin is straight, grab the other side and start pulling it out. there we go one cotter pin pulled out. Now you can put a 19mm or 3/4 ratchet or wrench on this. A nice long break a bar will help. Once you break it loose, use your ratchet and take the castle nut off. now there’s a tool that you can use that
goes in here and pry’s this up, but what I am going to do is take this castle nut and I’m gonna flip it over so screw it in this way. Good! Now I am going to take a hammer, I’ll use a rubber mallet just to be safe and I will pop it up maybe up [Metallic Hammering Noise] There we go. The tie rod end is out. Now this is the
interesting part there’s a nut here that they use for
your alignment because this affects your alignment. What you want to do is put your tie rod in and now we can unscrew this nut. You just want to break that loose like that and now we can take this out and you can see this spins freely… From the bottom here that’s that the bottom which is pointing down,
you wanna take this and you want to spin it. So that is one, two… and you want to count how many spins it takes to get this off. three, four, five, six… 18, 19… So twenty spins total, it took me 20 spins you get this off and
when you put the new one on you want to count twenty spins and the
reason why is it that your alignemnt isn’t completely out of alignment. You are still gonna have to get the car aligned after you change this but at least your alignment wont be so bad
that it’s dangerous to drive so you could see this moves around very
easily and has a little bit of play inside and outside so the inner tie rod end also needs to be changed, but we were going to do that anyway Now you can see, so the tie rod end works by steering the car when you turn the steering wheel it turns this which allows the car’s wheel to turn it goes all the way up into here, and now there is a boot here and you want to use a pliers to get
this off and there’s also a another one these except you have to break the clamp with a screwdriver, and I will show you that now. but that is all the way in the back so for this one, you just get the the same needle nose as before squeeze it and pull it out. all this is, is a little clamp to keep the boot on. Now little trick here is to use a
screwdriver a flat head and just bend this up a little bit. Not
too much because we are re-using the boots you just want to get it under here so we can spray some silicone or grease to make it slide off easier Now we just go in here, with a flathead screwdriver, carefully, without breaking the boot it’s
like that just like that… You see how the boot is up… get your WD40 or whatever some type of grease or silicone, which is what I am using and just spray it in there. and that will make the boot come off a lot easier because surprisingly, the boot is on there tight. the next thing we are going to do you see that clip right down there there is a clip right there, and what you are going to do is push the screwdriver in and turn the screw driver to open the clip it’s hard to see but I think you will get the idea when I do it. You just get the screwdriver in there and turn… [clicks open] and you can see it opened up, and now we can take the boot off. [Spray] OK, unscrew this nut here so we can take the boot off. take the bolt off, slide off your clamp, now take your bellows boot off good, so we’re gonna wanna quickly
inspect this to make sure there are no cracks looks good, so when we’re installing
it there is this right here that’s gonna slide over the tube
in there its going to slide over that tube which connects to the other tie rod on the other side of the car it allows for venting… so you can see the
tube on the top right and then you could see the inside tie rod right there with its ball
joint that is very loose, so now we’re going to take
that out. so here is the actual tie rod the inside tie rod and I just want to show you what is going to happen so that you completely understand this. so here is your adapter your adapter is going to fit on here, just like that. So when you turn the tie rod too, it grabs the end and turns it otherwise it would be hard to get a wrench
on here. You can do it you just have to see if you have access. The other thing to remember is
that there’s sometimes a pin in this so you have to take that pin out and that is what I am going to go check for now. You can see on this tie rod end there is a pin right here and this has to come off so you take a flat-head screwdriver you get underneith it, and you pry it out. you could see I’m just prying this up If you can’t get your screwdriver under here that easy, you could use a hammer and the screwdriver and just get it to indent a little bit. So you could see I’m almost ready to just knock this thing out Knocked it right out. So now we can unscrew this. Just like I showed you, your adapter piece goes right on top just like that. take your tie rod tool slide it in and then you put your ratchet on there. Once you break it loose like that this thing should come right out, and if it is not coming out easily remember there’s that pin in there that needs to come out first here are the two tie rods side by side the next thing you are going to do is make sure they are the same size the new one is a little bit longer so that is going to affect the toe but we’re getting an alignment anyway so
doesn’t matter. Now you can see I can move this really easily, that is the old one a single finger can move it around the new one… I cant even move it it’ll have to be on the car for me to move it. I’m going to get some blue thread lock this is the removable type
and I am going to put a little inside here Just like so… Now lets install the new tie rod. never took the old clamp out the clamp you have to break, take that out. here is the pin it’s not really reusable take our new tie rod and just tighten it by hand Once you cannot tighten it by hand anymore, Once you cannot tighten it by hand anymore, get your tie rod tool put it over the tie rod slide it on then get your torque wrench, for my vehicle it says torque to 66 to 74ft-lbs of torque I am going to torque it to 70ft-lbs Once you torque it, you are set. I am under the car and you can see the hole for the pin. That is where you push the pin in… I put a screwdriver head against the pin like this… and then I used a hammer to lightly tap it in. and now it’s all the way in. So remember before I was talking about the clip that is a sacrificial clip that holds on
the boot that you put your screwdriver in here and you twist and the clip opens up, well, it is only a one use clip so either you get a new one, which
they’re hard to find, but one temporary solution is to use
zip-ties I went to go get a bellows boot kit
to see if it comes with new clips and and it came with zip ties so although it sounds kinda cheap, the boot doesn’t really move very much so it’s okay to use a zip-tie…
It is not a permanent solution like this metal clip because a zip tie will eventually get brittle but until you can find a metal clip zip ties are a good way to go, and that is what I will use. You can also use stainless steel hose clamps with the nut that tightens it down The hose clamps are hard to find that are narrow enough to fit the boot. so zip ties work nicely in this situation. Now we are going to put the new boot on. You see that at the end of my screwdriver? There is that tube and you want to make sure you push this into that tube… So I actually tightened up the zip ties first up on the the boot, now I am going to slide the boot in. so now you just tighten the zip ties after you push the boot all the way on good Now we take our clamp, and bring it up Put it on just like that and we are done with the boot. so here is the new tie rod end we can see the new is nice and sturdy the old one moves really easily. It comes
with all the accessories the screw in the top, a pin, and a nut. So
they give you a new nut but it’s kinda small, so I will use the old one because it’s thicker. has more thread on it so it will lock
better. Just screw that old nut back on… It took me 20 spins to get this off so I will put it back on with 20 spins. It is threaded so we will start counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13… 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20… OK 20 spins, face it down. Now will tighten
our nut up here. We want the nut to push against the new tie rod end. This will keep it from moving. I am going to put the grease valve on. Just screw it in by hand first. Now I will use a 5/16 inch wrench And just snug it down. You dont want to tighten this too much. Just enough, and that is good. Now we will put this into the knuckle. Line it up… push it through… Get your new castle nut and screw it on. That is how it should look. I set the torque to 46ft-lbs And tighten it until it clicks… [Click] when it clicks once, you do it again and
in that statement [Click] And then that is tight enough. we will now take our cotter pin and send it though the hole. good Now just bend the cotter pin around the castle nut Like so Now we’re gonna lube this up Put the grease gun on there and pump it with grease. you can see the rubber expanding and once it expands like that, that means you have enough grease in there and you just finish the job! You just changed the inner and outter tie rod ends! Now go get your car aligned. If the video was helpful, give it a “thumbs up” and if you like how to videos, and this was good, then subscribe. I upload how to videos weekly and it will help you save some money and fix your own car. If you want to see other “how to” videos, I will have links in the description. You can also click on any of the videos on the screen.


  1. Matthew Gooch September 23, 2019 at 3:33 am

    great thanks

  2. Sievphy Arn September 23, 2019 at 4:23 am

    nice, thank you

  3. Larry Hernandez September 23, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Another great video Chris . . . Excellent. Thanks

  4. Dj Pc September 23, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I love your video and explain clearly thanks Chrisfix

  5. Josediego Lopez September 24, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Why so many hater's 2.9k ๐Ÿ‘Ž? Hey chrisfix thank you for teaching me i like all your video's. Keep posting more .

  6. Rorry Sham September 24, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Your video helped me alot thank u..

  7. SheenDolla September 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Bro makes me feel like I can do anything!!!!!

  8. ali3npl September 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Bardzo dobra robota panie ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. James Houston September 24, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Great video buddy! You just got a new subscriber

  10. Fahad Mehmood September 24, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Dear you were doing wrong when you try to loos the nut

  11. German Rios Orozco September 25, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Genial ,cuando tus videos tienen traductor,no se x que los demas videos no lo tenian gracias

  12. Don Lew September 25, 2019 at 10:43 am

    That was awesome! Thanks!

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  14. bryan dobrowski September 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I dont see myself ever letting this guy work on my wheel barrow. What kind of rookie posts an instructuonal video showing himself hitting the tie rod end from the bottom to break it free….. heres a news flash…. you're not getting that tie rod to come off by lightly tapping it on the bottom with a rubber mallet. And if you upgrade to a steel hammer to hit it like a man like that…. you're gunna mushroom the head of that tie rod so it becomes a challenge to get it out of the steering arm. that picklefork tool he mentioned…. yeah that tool sucks unless you're changing the tie rod because it always ends up ripping the rubber boot. Additionally pumping that boot up with grease till it balloons is a good way to cause it to pop like a water balloon after you hit a couple pot holes. This video is definately a good clown show depicting what not to do when performing this repair. Thanks chris fix dont quit your day job.

  15. Be Kind September 25, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    You are a great facilitator and I appreciate that you take your time, speak clearly, and position the video camera on the items you are discussing. I was initially looking for a different topic but I was glad to obtain informative instruction from your video. Keep up the great work!

  16. Pedro Lรณpez September 26, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    And if you don't have zip ties, you can just use some rubber bands ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Bad joke, great videos, thanks ChrisFix!

  17. Rene' Jantz September 26, 2019 at 6:03 pm


  18. Loyalty September 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I save a lot of money wachting this

  19. James Apollo September 27, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Good job Chris, keep it up Bud! screw the Haters!

  20. Ken More September 27, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Good job Chris. Easy to follow and understandable. You have a talent.

  21. apple monkey September 28, 2019 at 5:18 am

    good vid but , dont touch the tip of locktite to metal.that causes a reaction and it will harden what you have in the bottle. just drip it on your finger or something and spread it.

  22. Gerardo Donaire September 28, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    You're awesome doing this!!!

  23. Xcellence September 28, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Do you have to fix the inner and outer tie rod at the same time? I only have a bad inner tie rod.

  24. Tommie duh Swamy September 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Normally when mechanics work on things there is cussin' and all kinds o' fits being thrown.
    Your video here was top notch.

  25. Alejandra Cazares September 29, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Hey thank u for the vedeo you are the best one ive seen all day dealing with this dakota

  26. Abdul Sheikh September 29, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    It was a pretty good video, very professional and very instructional. Great.

  27. Stevie Jo September 30, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I used a pickle fork on my 1986 toyota pickup

  28. Winged September 30, 2019 at 3:35 am

    If I ever need to get this fixed I might just go get another car instead damn.

  29. mylar hyrule October 2, 2019 at 10:32 am

    The movement on that outer tie rod end was totally normal… that thing looked just fine and was not in need of replacement from what he showed on the video

  30. Abzino 1 October 2, 2019 at 11:30 am

    1:09 lool he's tightening the bold instead of opening it …. dumbasss

  31. Jared Stay October 3, 2019 at 4:07 am

    @6:58 Take your long rod…slide it in.

  32. Manny Chacon October 3, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Dammm……!!! Thanks for ur help brother, now I can change my rods by myself,

  33. Jason Nilsson October 3, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Chris is super thorough; he assumes you know nothing and covers every detail. Excellent video!

  34. onomatopee Lateste October 3, 2019 at 2:34 pm


  35. thelastcashew October 3, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    If a shop has the car up on the lift, does the tire still have to come off ?

  36. Khalil Khan October 4, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Very good sar

  37. Brenda Dudley October 4, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you for an awesome educational and economic video. The spirit of your teaching, the calmness of your voice and the sheer patients that you gave is just what the man above requires. You wanted us to get it you gave it and we got it we received it. Thanks again. Much love and prayers for you. I'm a senior citizen 63. I was the first female auto mechanic in 1976 at Capital Cab Company in Washington DC. Well done my friend, a well done!

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  39. suckmadick 39 October 5, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    1 tie rod turn, 2 tie rod turn, 3 tie rod turn annndddd fou,,,,,,zrrr ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ†, new criss from another dimension showed up, and buried our criss in the back yard, sooo criss from dimension c137 replace our crisss :(…..

  40. Joe L Gomez jr October 5, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Question?? On my 1999 Ford Windstar it is leaking power steering fluid through that boot, exspeaclty when turning the steering wheel, can It be fixsd by doing what you're doing??

  41. justame smith October 6, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Good job. Going to do this tomorrow.

  42. Duro Con Verdura October 6, 2019 at 6:32 am


  43. i am me October 7, 2019 at 12:31 am

    its tube not tooooob btw

  44. BluseyObject70 October 7, 2019 at 6:25 am

    super helpful even 6 years later thank you

  45. Haters Gonna Hate October 7, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Ive been subbed for about 4 years …….. never heard Chris sound so depressed before…….. maybe the Hummer improved his mood a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol ……

    Oh and thanks for saving me money on fixing a outer tie rod, after watching this it seems it was the best fix of all …….. just a loose nut , so the hardest job was doing a 'at home' alinment so i could drive it down for a shop alinment.

  46. Stock Broker October 8, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Far out, man!!! Terrific video, concise and fun to watch. $1,000 job will cost just a fraction. Thanks a lot.

  47. Tim T October 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Extremely well laid out video. Good job man! Thanks!

  48. Jose Franco October 9, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Que tipo de gustes usas.

  49. Miguel Martinez October 10, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    @6:59 that's what she said

  50. Joe Gamez October 11, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Hey just bought a good ol dodge I recognized that I have a bit of camber which I really donโ€™t like could these tie rod ends be the cause? No steering wheel vibrations or anything

  51. Yianni Soc October 11, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Nice one. Great vid

  52. Teg Money October 11, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I just installed new inner tire rods and the one new one I can slightly push in. Should I buy a new one ?

  53. Jonathan Wyble October 11, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Isn't that too much grease in the boot? I thought that these rubber boots would break if you pumped them that full and that you want to be very sparing with your application? Say, to mimic the amount of grease you see in the permanently sealed joints.

  54. Jorge Rosas October 12, 2019 at 1:15 am

    when you take off the tie you counted 20 spins and when you put the new one was only 20 why. can you explain please

  55. Craig Henricksen October 12, 2019 at 1:18 am

    What a numpty video. Go back to school

  56. Carlos Padilla October 12, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    That was. Very well explained and. Helpful thank you amigoo

  57. JELo tECH October 13, 2019 at 2:13 am


  58. Neil St Leon October 13, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Mate u r a very good mechanic. Well done ๐Ÿ‘ excellent work and explanation. Thanks for sharing

  59. HEART OF A WARRIOR October 14, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Make sure you buy good quality, don't be cheap because you don't want to be doing this every few months, "moog is one of the best will last longer then the original ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  60. C Hansen October 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Why count? Just screw the new one to where the old one was and tighten nut!

  61. Susan Sarver October 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    My car has 72000 miles on it, could the tire rod still be loose?

  62. Roman Korvinus October 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Id leave the outer tie rod bolt locking bolt in place, put a piece of masking tape around it, that way you can judge the length if not getting it aligned in a shop. Remember the revolution when loosening.

  63. Eric Gordon October 17, 2019 at 1:58 am

    u did 21 turns.

  64. Your Face October 18, 2019 at 10:53 am

    1:15 That's tightening buddy, lol.

  65. Liam McGrath October 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm


  66. Liam McGrath October 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm


  67. ROMEO October 19, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Who in the hell was giving this guy a thumbs down? Wtf.

  68. Bruce Taylor October 19, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Nice! I know what to do now. Learned from you. ๐Ÿ˜ thanks

  69. Francisco Espinoza Sanchez October 21, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    gracias fue de gran ayuda

  70. Richard Callahan October 22, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Best prevent torque on the rack innerds by using backup wrench on the inner tie rod. Fear is of hurting the rack while removing/ installing. Rack is not made to withstand that kind of twist force. Anyone agree importance?

  71. Demitrius Grant October 22, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Are most tie rods the same as this one you show?

  72. Tony Gray October 22, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Great video many thanks Sir !!!

  73. Raquel Leonberger October 23, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    ChrisFix luv your videos! So informative and detailed.

  74. C Truth October 23, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Hey Chris your a legend, thanks ๐Ÿ‘

  75. Car Service Sougioultzis October 23, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    rubber mallet??? hahhaha no you cant to get it out

    with this

  76. Mike Albright October 24, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Thanks Chris! I wouldn't have know about the inner tie rod tool if not for this video! Other than that it looks harder to take off the wheel and put it back on then the tie rod ends! lol

  77. Roger Lira October 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    They sell metal zip ties at O'Reillys. So you don't have to use plastic ones they obviously would last longer.

  78. mark October 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I'm looking at doing this myself. Did anyone rin into any issues doing this or find it harder than expected? The last job I did from his did not last unfortunately. I'm not trying to insult him. I just can't afford to start it and run into issues or have issues down the road, thanks

  79. Wildaliz Rodriguez October 25, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Is this for all cars????

  80. Prasoon Ak October 25, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Great value video sir, thanks.

  81. ben jon October 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks alot for the information!!!

  82. xslayer14 October 25, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    ChrisFix, you have a good future ahead, knowledge is everything my friend!!!

  83. Pitchou Belpi October 27, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks a lot

  84. Von Fowler October 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    It looked like you didnt place the cotter key through the nut head but below it. Surely you did but it didnt appear that way. Good video, thanks alot!

  85. fine mathebula October 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the knowledge brother, one day I might make my self some cash just by changing someone's car tierods knowledge is power brother God Bless you Mr chris Amen

  86. joelouis October 28, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    you made it look so easy, but I cannot figure out how to unscrew the old (outer) tie rod end from the inner. The jam nut loosened up fine but when I try to unscrew the old outer tie rod the entire inner tie rod spins endlessly. What am doing wrong?! Appreciate your help!!!

  87. Sharon Kamaka October 29, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Nice watching this you done well !!

  88. Douglas Kaimi October 31, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you you make it so easy

  89. Rafael Puntiel October 31, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Good video

  90. Brian t. November 1, 2019 at 6:04 am

    They keep unsubscribing me from your channel, cheers

  91. Brigido Anguiano November 3, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Thank you so much brotha for sharing your experience appreciate it

  92. Jack Schaefer November 3, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    What year and model truck is this?

  93. wolfeaglet1 November 4, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Great video but noticed the two different outer tie rods. About 12:50. LOL. Decided to do my own after requesting an alignment from Big O. The Stated they couldn't do it due to the outer tie rods being bad. (They were). They wanted 80 dollars for each tie rod and another 80 dollars to put both of them on. Bought both for about 46 dollars and used your video to put them on. They still charged me about 40 dollars for a "rack fee."

  94. yomomajumprcables November 4, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Chrisfix and fix anything

  95. BriskillaDaGodzilla November 4, 2019 at 6:31 am

    I need to change mine soon

  96. Jarvis Cooper Jr November 4, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    could you still do this with no grease gun?

  97. Steve Legg November 5, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Thanks for the video. My Equinox is making tockatockatocka noises when going over uneven ground at slow speed, and when I jacked up one side, and move the wheel by hand back and forth: tockatockatocka… So I'm hoping its the inner tie rods, and not the rack & pinion itself. NAPA here I come.

  98. Real X November 5, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I m from Turkmenistan and Thanks a lot Cris now i can count )) can u show us about an electrician things?

  99. Chris Anderson November 8, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I was told not to change the inner tie rod on my 99 accord. Was told they would possibly leak , because the car has over 300 thousand miles. Does that make since to anyone?

  100. Harlee Delker November 8, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Holy crap, I worked in one of the factories that make that boot. It sucks to make it cause the aspirator is hard to hold around

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