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

 

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diychick, 3.5L V6, Pensacola, FL, August 27, 2011, 15:17
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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 basics...how 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

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    August 27, 2011, 18:28
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    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

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    diychick, August 28, 2011, 00:48
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    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.

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    mastertech6371, August 28, 2011, 04:26
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    since you refuse to use the 3 piece bushing, replace the entire inner tie rod assembly.

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    August 28, 2011, 18:36
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    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.

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    diychick, August 28, 2011, 19:39
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    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. :-)

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