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Old 09-28-2009, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default Ripped inner tie rod boot.

Soooo I was trying to track down some heatshield rattles under the car yesterday and noticed the passenger inner tie rod boot was completely ripped all the way around. Checked it out briefly, everything is shiny and clean inside. Meh, it's a boot. Simple fix. Filed it away as yet ANOTHER thing that needs to be fixed/replaced.

Today I started thinking about it more and something fell into place. When turning, I'll occasionally get a clickety clackety popping I can hear, and feel in the steering wheel. See where I'm going with this? What methods are there to trouble shoot whether or not the inner tie rod needs to be replaced? Is the occasional clicking and popping sign enough.

I swear..it's ALWAYS something with this car.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:41 PM   #2
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Its about 35 bucks for a new inner tie rod. if you feel like somethings wrong with it. Cheap fix

Tho taking off the inner tie rod with out a special tool can be a pain.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:48 PM   #3
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Its about 35 bucks for a new inner tie rod. if you feel like somethings wrong with it. Cheap fix

Tho taking off the inner tie rod with out a special tool can be a pain.
This is the part I'm concerned about. When you read about people replacing the inner tie rod, it's kinda rare to read "Phew, that was a breeze"

I keep reading about this "special tool" what is it, and where can it be bought? I also saw someone mention that they saw the perfect tool at harbor freight, but alas, no linky...
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:18 PM   #4
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:34 PM   #5
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It's easy, you just need a press to pop the outer tie rod out of the knuckle. Replacing it completely should only take 15 minutes or so. You can even use a pickle fork, if you're not looking to reuse the old one. They are about 10 bucks from anywhere.
You must be talking about replacing the boot itself. Because a 15 minute time frame on replacing the inner tie rod seems waaay too good to be true.

Anyway, back to my original question...is there a way to test to see if the inner tie rod is bad?

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Old 09-28-2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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This is the part I'm concerned about. When you read about people replacing the inner tie rod, it's kinda rare to read "Phew, that was a breeze"

I keep reading about this "special tool" what is it, and where can it be bought? I also saw someone mention that they saw the perfect tool at harbor freight, but alas, no linky...
If you're getting this steering noise.. esp with the boot ripped as it was. i'd think maybe some grit got in the inner rod.

you'll have to buy the boot and inner rod separate as they dont come in a set.

Here is a picture of the tool. and a quick google search found amazon selling it.



You dont NEED this tool. you could use a huge 30 something mm wrench.. but when i tried this on my sti. it was better to just use the tool. see if you cant rent it at a local auto shop.
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:04 PM   #7
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^^Thank you sir! Linky to pictured tool or at least "proper" name? EDIT: Doh! typing in "inner tie rod tool" works wonders.....

I agree, that there's probably sand or some debris in there and the best bet is to replace it. Still dont want to though... Can the job be completed without pulling the steering rack? Ive only come across one poster (masterkwan) that said he accomplished it without pulling the rack EDIT: the description of that tool says the tie rod can be removed without removing the rack. But again, anybody else accomplish this?

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^ you dont need to remove the rack. thats why the special tool is nice.. its really straight forward.

take off the outer tie rod. stick the tool over the inner rod and loosen it.. and its out.

Now this depends on how much you know how to work on your car. if outer tie rods are seized and what not it'll take longer.

its called the inner tie rod removal tool

Amazon.com: Lisle 45750 Inner Tie Rod Tool: AutomotiveAmazon.com: Lisle 45750 Inner Tie Rod Tool: Automotive
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:23 PM   #9
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Nah, my title could have given a clearer description. I always appreciate any and all help given.

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^ you dont need to remove the rack. thats why the special tool is nice.. its really straight forward.

take off the outer tie rod. stick the tool over the inner rod and loosen it.. and its out.

Now this depends on how much you know how to work on your car. if outer tie rods are seized and what not it'll take longer.

its called the inner tie rod removal tool

Amazon.com: Lisle 45750 Inner Tie Rod Tool: Automotive
Thanks again for all your help.

I would never call myself a "specialist" but I have yet (looks for some form of wood) to find a repair on this car I couldn't perform given the time and proper tools.

I'll check around to see if anybody rents that or a similar tool. Otherwise I'll just snatch it up. $50 seems worth it for not having to lose my mind trying to get that thing out of there.
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^ also shop around on amazon there was another kit that was 39.. but im almost sure some of those local auto parts stores would have something like this for rent. on the west we have kragen and pep boys that usually rent these tools out for free.(deposit req.)
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Cool, will do. Thanks again for the assistance!
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