Simple Guide to Replace Your Honda Tie Rod End
Changing a tie rod end can be accomplished on your own with just the basic tools and some auto repair background. To help you replace your Honda tie rod end, read on the guide below.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
- Tire iron or impact wrench
- Floor jack and jack stands
- Needle nose pliers
- Open-end wrench
- Tie rod puller
- Hammer or mallet
- New tie rod end
- Grease Gun
- Safety glass and protective gloves
Getting to the tie rod end
Make sure the vehicle is on level ground so its weight can prevent the wheels from turning while you work on the nuts. Using a tire iron or impact wrench, loosen the lug nuts on the front tires while removing them. Then, raise the front end of your vehicle with a floor jack. Secure it with jack stands and chock the tires on the rear. Remove the lug nuts completely from the wheel and wheelbase. Take out the wheel as an additional safety precaution in case the jack stands fail. When you have taken out the wheel, you will find the steering knuckle that has a shaft going through it with a castle nut on the bottom and a round head on top, which is the outer tie rod. You will find the inner Honda tie rod end by following the outer tie rod end under your vehicle.
Taking out the tie rod end
Using a wrench, carefully loosen the pinch nut that holds the outer tie rod end in position. This nut also keeps it from moving along the spindle of the inner tie rod end. By working it loose, you will be able to twist the outer tie rod end. Take note that the outer tie rod end must be turned from the inner tie rod end. Shift the pinch nut up to meet the outer tie rod end. This will indicate the position of your outer Honda tie rod end so you will also know how far to thread on the new one. Do not tighten the pinch nut or it will be hard to turn the outer tie rod end. Locate the cotter pin and remove it. First, straighten out then pin then pull it. Do not reuse the pin. Next, remove the castle nut with a correct-size ratchet. This nut is where the cotter pin goes through and secures your Honda tie rod end to the steering knuckle. By using a tie rod puller, you can now remove the outer tie rod end. You can do this by turning the outer end counterclockwise the spindle of the inner tie rod end. To keep your alignment as close as possible, count the turns so you can tighten the new one at the exact number of turns. If you are also changing the inner tie rod end, you have to take out the boot from the inner end. You can use pliers to detach the clamp from the boot and a flat screwdriver to break the clip on the other side of the boot. Slide off the boot and take out the inner tie rod end.
Changing the tie rod end
Verify you have the correct Honda tie rod end. Use the same wrench to thread the new inner end to the steering gear. Shift the boot back to the inner tie rod and thread the pinch nut back. Thread the new outer tie rod end on the inner rod shaft. Link the tie rod end to the steering knuckle and tighten securely the castle nut. Attach the new cotter pin and mount the grease fitting on the tie rod end. Apply some grease liberally to the tie rod end assembly. Finish tightening the pinch nut and replace the wheel. Tighten also the lug nuts after lowering the vehicle to the ground.
Moog Tie Rod End
Steering reliability can be restored with the Moog tie rod end. Built to match the OEM part, it works just like the original and offers a few other benefits because of its high-quality construction and materials. This highly adjustable tie rod end can provide consistent preload that meets the requirements for smooth steering. It has a sturdy housing that is forged and heat-treated for added strength. It also has bearings with specially designed grease grooves for proper lubrication, enabling it to function smoothly. Since this is protected and sealed with Polychloroprene, it will not get contaminated by dirt and other elements. This product comes complete with all the necessary hardware and has the needed specifications (M14-1.5R rod thread, 8.54 in. stud center to end, 0.55 in. bottom stud diameter, 0.5 in. top stud diameter, and M10-1.25 stud thread). Sold individually, it is designed for a specification application/tie rod location.
Proforged Chassis Parts Tie Rod End
What makes the Proforged Chassis Parts tie rod end a leading choice in steering system repair and restoration is its high-end design and build quality. This tie rod end is made with OEM standards in mind. It fits just like the original part but can last longer and perform better given its special features and the high-end equipment and technology used in its manufacture. The tie rod end is built using CNC machine techniques for precision quality. Its sturdy rubber boots are made to withstand common harsh elements and prevent leaks. These keep the tie rod component sealed from dirt and lubricated well. It is designed with chromoly ball studs and forged SAE1045 housing. With all these features, the tie rod end can help ensure top-quality steering performance. Sold individually, this direct-fit product is under a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty from Proforged Chassis Parts.
Mevotech Tie Rod End
A great way to fix an ailing steering system would be with the use of an adjustable Mevotech tie rod end. This tie rod end is a safe option for replacing a busted factory part that gave out because of excessive wear and damage. It is a high-quality stock replacement that offers accurate fitting to compatible makes and models. Not only that, but it also ensures durability and reliability as it is made from fine-quality materials that can withstand harsh road elements and intense pressure. This direct-fit product comes complete with all the necessary hardware, making it very convenient to install. Sold individually, this part is made for a specific tie rod application.