Replacing Tie Rod Ends Replacment question

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by rodod, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. rodod

    rodod Guest

    I'm going to replace the tie rod ends myself and possibly the balljoints.
    I've done it on a ford but I've never done it on a Saturn.
    Is there anything to watch out for?
    rodod, Mar 9, 2005
  2. rodod

    Lane Guest

    You may need a torch to get the old outer tie rod ends off. Wasn't easy
    each time I've done it. And no matter how good I think I've eyballed it or
    counted the threads/turns, I still end up needing an alignment afterwards.

    If you're talking about the S-Series, the lower ball joints are a part of
    the lower control arms. You have to replace entire control arm. The upper
    strut mounts actually act as the upper ball joints. To replace those,
    you'll need a spring compressor and an alignment afterwards. It's not
    common when they go bad, so most people wait to have them replaced until
    they replace their struts.

    Lane [ lane (at) ]
    Lane, Mar 9, 2005
  3. rodod

    user Guest

    Hope you live in an area that doesn't get a lot of road salt or
    corrosion. Getting my control arms off was the hardest auto job
    I've ever attempted myself. Might have helped to have the car up
    on a lift and had some air tools handy too. Ended up cutting
    them out the hard way per a suggestion from a previous ng post.
    Wish you a lot of luck.
    user, Mar 9, 2005
  4. rodod

    blah blah Guest

    You shouldnt count threads but rather take a good measurement. (from
    center point of tie rod socket to some point of the linkage.) Instead of
    a torch one might try PB penetrating catalyst. (WD-40 sucks.) Also turn
    and look your steering wheel so the tie rod is sticking out for easier
    blah blah, Mar 9, 2005
  5. rodod

    rodod Guest

    Thanks everyone for the prompt replies.
    I live in Ottawa Canada where there's alot of salt put on the roads which
    can cause alot of corrosion.
    Fortunately though I have access to the tools suggested to loosen the tie
    rod ends.
    Should be interesting.
    rodod, Mar 9, 2005
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