This is an excellent article on how to replace the inner tie rod bushings, which are a common problem. http://www.allpar.com/fix/intrepid-steering.html
The TIE ROD on your Saturn connects the rack and pinion assembly to the wheel assembly, enabling you to steer the car.A worn tie rod will result in loose steering, excessive shaking of the front wheels, erratic steering and poor steering control.
The only way to repair a worn tie rod is to replace it with a new one. Remove the crown bolt from the tie rod. Use a tie rod "fork" tool to remove the old tie rod from the axle assembly. Unscrew the old tie rod from the rack and pinion assembly. Install the new tie rod in reverse order. Make certain to have the front end aligned afterward, otherwise you will wear out the tires and have poor control.
The tie rod is a rod acting as a tie in a building or other structure. A tie rod is also referred to as a rod in the steering gear of a motor vehicle.
on a steering rack the inner tie rod is threaded and will be the mount for the outer tie rod.
I believe your referring to a tie rod, which is a steering component. There is an inner tie rod and an outer tie rod. The inner tie rod connects to the steering rack which is what is used to turn your wheels left or right. The outer tie rod connects to the inner tie rod and also to the steering knuckle. If you've got a newer 300 series car, chances are your gonna have them replaced because there are some problems with tie rods on these cars. A TIE rod connects the steering to the wheel.
Remove wheel and properly support vehicle. Remove outter tie rod from steering knuckle. Remove outter tie rod, count how many turns it takes to remove from inner tie rod. Remove inner tie rod boot. Use inner tie rod tool to remove inner tie rod. Install new inner tie rod (with inner tie rod tool) and do not overtighten. Properly install inner tie rod boot (you can use a zip tie on part that attaches to rack). Install outter tie rod and use the same amount of turns that you counted during removal (this will help with alignment). Install tie rod to steering knuckle and use a new cotter pin. Put wheel on and get an alignment.
AnswerThe part is not expensive, say 20 bucks, then you need an alignment, and that's what 40 bucks or so. True, it is about twenty to thirty bucks for an outer tie rod. However, an inner tie rod is a bit more. And, a more tiresome process to change.
Remove the tie rod nut. Pop tie rod out of the hole in spindle. Unscrew tie rod from steering box. Install new tie rod in reverse order. Have front end aligned.
After removing the flexible rubber cover on the inner tie rod, use a pipe wrench to break the tie rod loose. After a few turns it should be fairly easy to spin it off... Once the old one is off, hand tighten the new one and use a crescent wrench to finish it off.
lift vehicle. remove front tire. loosen jam nut securing inner tie rod to outer tie rod. if equipped, remove cotter pin from outer tie rod nut, which is attached to the knuckle. next, remove outer tie rod nut.with either a hammer, or a pickle fork and hammer. separate tie rod from knuckle. unscrew outer tie rod from inner tie rod. alignment is a must after job is finished.
The average cost to replace a tie rod is approximately $200. You can save about $125 of labor by replacing the tie rod your self.