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How do you install rod rack and ends in a 94 Ford Tempo GL 4-cylinder?

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2015-07-15 20:02:00

It takes a special tool called an "Inner Tie Rod Tool," with a

1-3/16" end. These can be loaned or rented out from many auto

stores such as Autozone for a reasonable amount. With tool in hand,

carefully pull back the tie rod/rack seal to expose the inner tie

rod's lock nut. Next, measure the distance from the locknut/rack

interface to the some convenient location on the outer tie rod and

record this dimension. Using the Inner Tie Rod Tool, loosen the

inner tie rod's lock nut and the adjustment sleeve's clamp and

simply unscrew the inner tie rod. Some liquid wrench is often

helpful at this point. Install the new inner tie rod in the reverse

manner and adjust as necessary to obtain an overall assembly length

equal to what you measured earlier. Bring the inner tie rod locknut

down tight and reinstall the tie rod/rack seal. At this point, the

front end alignment be professionally checked before operating the

vehicle or damage to the front wheel bearing will most likely occur

(However, it's ok to drive the vehicle straight to the alignment

shop after repairs as long as you drive slowly). Good luck!


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