info on tie rod removal and grommet replace(inner)tricks of the trade no basics on 1996 Chrysler LHS

I'm replacing the grommet in the inner, left side tie-rod. It's missing right now and assume it has been for a while since it shakes like crazy and goes through tires like theres no tomorrow. Anyway like i said i know the it works etc. Through experience, i know there's always little pieces of information(tricks)that can make the difference of 3 hrs or 3 days.........Do i take the tie rod out to replace the grommet or replace it with the outter still connected? Easiest way to get the grommet in the eye of the rod? Q&A like the ones above. Thanks

by in Pensacola, FL on August 27, 2011
2 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on August 27, 2011
remove the air filter hoses all the way to the throttle body. bend back the tabs on the bolts. lossen each bolt. remove one at a time and as you do replace the bushing and sleeve. when you finish one, then do the other. you do not have to remove the tie rod, just do one at a time. they are not pressed in. Roy
COMMENT by on August 28, 2011
this is her son. i already tried what you suggested the first time i worked on the vehicle, the bushing that i purchased for it does not come in pieces, its all one piece therefor it has to be FORCED into the eye of the tie rod unless you know a better way. i tried to line all the parts up and then torque the bolt down, pushing the rubber piece in. BUT this make it to wide to even get the bolt in, in that tight space behind the engine...with the hoses disconnected. and i refuse to buy the two piece bushing because that is the reason we are where we are now. they simply wear out to fast. please tell me you have another suggestion, this is getting extremely frustrating.
COMMENT by on August 28, 2011
since you refuse to use the 3 piece bushing, replace the entire inner tie rod assembly. Roy
ANSWER by on August 28, 2011
A word of advice, the bolt that holds the inner tie rod end to the steering rack is a very fine thread bolt. DO NOT CROSS THREAD THE BOLT! It's very easy to do that. Moog and other companies that sell the bushing sell a mechanics helper bushing. Meaning the bushing is split. Meaning it is much easier to install. It does not wear out any faster than a one piece. Just buy a name brand kit.
COMMENT by on August 28, 2011
Big thanks for the heads up on the threads. Yeah I currently have it as a single piece. I got it from the dealer. I called around today checking prices /info and everyone else (sans the dealer)I talked to carries the 3 pc. I'll be returning the one I have tomorrow. Thank you. :-) ********KEEP THE SUGGESTIONS COMING....EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS**********

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