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Old 11-20-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Inner tie rods?

I've been looking for info on these as far as wearing/replacement.
I haven't found anything really, except that they're probably wear-items, and are pretty inexpensive.
I've never had to do them before, and it's looking like I might as well, since I have to do the outers and the inners have 200k on them.

Couple questions.
First being: Are they even a wear item? everyone makes replacements, so I assume they are what wears? is there a ball-joint in the end?

Anyone have a run-down of remove/install?
I haven't even been under there, but they look threaded, so I assume they thread into/out of the rack. is it just remove boot, unscrew rod, and reverse for install?

Any help is appreciated!

WIS pictures or general explanation of the process is fine by me!
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:53 PM   #2
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How does the rack look? Might be a consideration if you are at 200K and want to keep the car long term? Rock Auto has them ~$200 with some including inner tie rods. I've only had the rack out/hanging there during an engine swap, so not sure about it with engine in.
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The rack's not leaking. Seems fine to me. When we swapped engines, it seemed to be in good shape. maybe even replaced by the p/o
Does the Rack have to come down to replace them?
I was working from the assumption that they would just unscrew from the rack, but I haven't really gotten under there to look.

Should I just replace the outers, which I know are bad, and see if the play is gone?
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:44 AM   #4
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they are wear items, but if they're not loose I'd leave them alone.
Ideally you use a special tool to remove the inners from the rack, but you can do them with a pipe wrench. It's tough to get the inner boot properly secured back to the rack and a cable tie really is not a proper fastener here. Only 9-5 racks I've found leaking are from cars with damaged/not secured rack boots
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:16 AM   #6
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ahhh.. alright, then.
I'll do the outers and see if it fixes the wobble.

I've got a month to make the wagon baby-safe.
I have never had a problem with the shimmy, but if I'm going to be responsible for another life, I want it sorted out.
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