How To Install Tie Rod Ends On A jeep

By | September 1, 2017


This will teach you how to replace your tie rod ends on a jeep.
Get started by loosing up the lug nuts on drivers side front wheel don’t remove them all of the way just loosen them.
Now you are ready to jack up the vehicle and put it on jack stands.
It is a good idea to have a heavy duty jack and heavy duty jack stands.
Always take safety seriously.
Only jack up your vehicle on the frame the same goes for the jack stand.
Just put them on the frame.
If you jack up your vehicle on other parts you can do serous damage to the vehicle and it is not safe.
See photos of vehicle safely jacked on a jack and jack stand.




Now That you safely jacked up your vehicle.
You can remove the lug nuts all of the way and remove the wheel.
After you have removed the wheel.
You can start by measuring from one tie rod end to the other tie rod end.
As shown in photo.

You need to measure because when you install the new tie rod ends, you need them
to be the same length other wise the alignment will be off and your vehicle wont drive straight.
And that will wear out your tires fast.
Loosen up the bolt as shown in photo.

After you loosen that bolt on the tie rod end, you can remove the cotter pin and castle nut that hold on the tie rod end on the knuckle.
As shown in photo.

Next sometimes you can get lucky and hit the top of the tie rod end bolt with a sledge hammer, you might need to hit it a few times hard and it will fall out.
If it does not come out you can get a ball joint separator for around $10 at most auto parts stores.
See photo of ball joint separator

If your’s wont come out when you hit it with a sledge hammer.
Use the ball joint separator as shown in photo.

You will need to hit the end of the ball joint separator hard a few times with a sledge hammer and the tie rod end will fall out.
After you have dropped the tie rod end down.
You will need two vice grips to remove the tie rod end.
As shown in photo.

You will hold one vice grip so you can hold the bar back and turn, the other vice grip and turn it clock wise to remove it.
As you remove it count turns it takes to get it removed.
Because when you install the new one you will turn it the same amount of turns as you removed the old one.
You will also go by the measurement you took before to try to get as close as possible.
To help avoid needing alignment and ruining the tires.
After you installed the tie rod end install it back to the knuckle.
Install the castle nut and the cotter pin back.
See photo showing it reinstalled.

Next tighten the bolt that holds the tie rod end on the bar.
as shown in photo.

Then grease the zirk fitting.
As shown in photo.

Now you can remove the other end of the tie rod end.
Start by loosening up the bolt the holds on the tie rod end to the bar.
As shown in photo.

Remove the cotter pin and castle nut.
As shown in photo.

Next hit the end of the tie rod bolt with a sledge hammer hard a few time to see if you can get it to fall out.
If it is stuck use the ball joint separator.
As shown in photo.

Hit the ball joint separator hard a few times and it will fall out.
Now use the vice grips again to remove the tie rod end.
As shown in photo.

Count the amount of turns it takes to remove it.
So when you install the new tie rod end you install it the same amount of turns as the old one.
And double check it by measuring it and adjust it as necessary.
Then reattach it and install the castle nut and cotter pin.
And tighten down the bolt that holds on the tie rod end.
As shown in photo.

And grease the zirk fitting.
Next you can loosen the steering knuckle bolt.
As shown in photo.

Then you can remove the cotter pin and castle bolt that hold the tie rod end to the pitman arm.
As shown in photo.




Hit the bolt of the tie rod end hard a few times with a sledge hammer to try to make it fall out.
If it is stuck use the ball joint separator to remove it.
Once again when you remove it count the number of turns it takes to remove to it.
So when you install the new tie rod end it will be in the same place also check it by measuring it.
Then install the tie rod end back to the pitman arm and install the castel nut and cotter pin back on.
Now you can re tighten the steering knuckle bolt down.
And you should be done.
Reinstall the wheel and hand tighten down the lug nuts
And remove the jeep off the jack stand and remove the jack.
Everything should be good.
If your steering wheel is straight and your wheels are not you might need to adjust one of the tie rod ends.
Or bring it in to a shop for it to be aligned.
You want the enlightenment to be right to save on tire wear.

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