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How to Replace Front Inner Tie Rod 06-18 Toyota RAV4

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How to Replace Front Inner Tie Rod 06-18 Toyota RAV4

Created on: 2019-09-23

Check out this video to learn how to replace the inner tie rods on your 06-18 Toyota RAV4.

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools



    Center Punch

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Rust Penetrant

    Liquid Thread Locker

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Locking Pliers

    Hose Clamp Pliers

    Straight Cutters

  • Ratchets & Related

    Torque Wrench


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    17mm Socket

    18mm Socket

    21mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Inner Tie Rod Removal Tool

  • Wrenches - Metric

    22mm Wrench

  • Wrenches - SAE

    15/16 Inch Wrench

Installation Video
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What's up guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the inner tie rod end on his 2010 Toyota Rav4. If you need this part or other parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

All right, I raised and supported the vehicle. I'm going to remove the wheel. I'm using a 21 millimeter socket and an air gun. If you don't have an air gun, you can use a breaker bar. Just crack the lug nuts free while the vehicle is still on the ground.

All right, now I want to take the tire off. This one is stuck on there pretty good, so I'm going to put one lug nut on so the tire doesn't go flying, and just hit it on the back side of the tire with a hammer. Break it free. Reason you leave the lug nut is so the tire doesn't go flying.

Take the lug nut off. Pull the tire off. First, I want to loosen up this jam nut. I'm going to use a 22 millimeter wrench. Loosen this up. Might have to put a pipe on this wrench.

Here we go. Loosen that up, and there's a cotter pin holding this castle nut on, or at least retaining the castle nut. I'll just take the cotter pin off. Just use some straight cutters. Sometimes you can't get in there. Sometimes you use a pick. Let's try to start it with a small pick and then sometimes using a cotter pin style pick can get that out.

Slide that cotter pin out. There we go. You don't ever want to reuse a cotter pin. You always want to replace it, so put a new one in. Take a 17 millimeter socket and a ratchet, loosen up this castle nut. It's a little bit rusty. I'm going to spray some rust penetrant on there. There we go, and loosen it up.

All right, before I take that nut all the way off, I am going to use a punch and a hammer and just hammer down on the stud part of the tie rod. You could use a fork or there's other type tools that you could use to press this out, but this will work.

The reason why you leave the nut on there is so that you don't mush from the end in case you had to replace it. If you don't have to replace, it doesn't matter. Take the nut off. You can slide the outer tie rod off there. Now we can take this off. I like to count the threads so that when you put the new one back in, the alignment is at least going to be kind of close. So one, two, three, four, five, six, 13, 14. 14. All right, then I'm just going to write the number somewhere, 14, just so I remember. You could write it anywhere you want.

I need to take this nut off of the inner tie rod, so I'm just going to soak this down with some rust penetrant. Let that soak a little bit. I'm going to use some locking pliers just so I can hold this from spinning. Take the 22 millimeter wrench and loosen this up.

Once I loosen it up a little bit, like it's easily to turn by hand so I can take that off. There you go. I can take the locking pliers off. Now this hose clamp or this clip, take this clip off. Just use some pliers. Slide that off. There's a clamp on the inside of this boot for the steering rack boot. Take a straight blade screwdriver, you kind of want to get in underneath the clamp. Now, if you can try to salvage this clamp, you might be able to reuse it. Generally you can't. Generally you have to replace the clamp.

There we go. And if you didn't break it too much, you can try it, but generally just replace this. Just grab the boot, give it a twist, pop off the end, and then just pull it out. I might need to release it right there. Just take a pick, get underneath here. I'm just going to use a hose pick or a coolant hose pick. Just try to slide this off just like that. Take the boot off.

Now to take this tie rod end off, you're going to need a tie rod tool. You can try to get a wrench in there, but it's not that easy. Take this adapter, this is a 33.6 millimeter adapter. Slide that on there, take the tie rod tool, install this, and I'll just lock that on. That's good right there.

Now, before I loosen it up with the tool, I am just going to take some locking pliers. I just want to lock on the steering shaft itself because it's a good idea not to put too much tension on that pinion in the middle of the shaft, so we'll do that and then take a breaker bar, attach it to the tool. While you loosen this, hold the pliers or have a buddy hold the pliers and just loosen. Once it breaks free, generally they come apart really easily. Take those pliers off. Take this tool off.

I should be able to take this off pretty easily. There we go. Here's the old part. Here's the new inner tie rod from a As you can see, the length is the same. Part has the same thread on the end of it. It comes with a new nut, a new jam nut. Comes with this protective sleeve. You could take that off when you get the part. Get yours at, and you'll be ready to rock and roll.

You're going to take this jam nut off. We'll set that aside. We'll reuse that later. On the top I'm just going to take a little bit of thread locker. Put that on. Just use medium strength thread locker, and slide this in position.

All right, I want to tighten this up. This, I'm going to use the same tie rod tool, but I'm going to use a different adapter. I'm going to use a one and one quarter to tighten this up. Put the tie rod tool on, lock it in place, and then I'm going to do the same with the locking pliers. Just hold the steering shaft with the locking pliers, and then I'm going to use a torque wrench on the tool as I hold the pliers and torque this to 44 foot pounds.

That's good. Take that off. Take the locking pliers off. Now we're going to be ready to put the boot back on. I did get a new clamp, and how this clamp works is I'm going to need a special pliers like this, and when you squeeze this, it's going to tighten the clamp right there and push it down. You need these special pliers to get these to tighten up.

They do have a couple other types of tools that will work on these, and if you do not have one of these clamps, worst case, you could use a wire tie and just get it as tight as you possibly can get it. That's just worst case, but it's best to get a new clamp. That's good. Good down there. Try and get the pliers in here.

Just like that, and tighten it up. That pinches it nice and tight. That's good. Now on the outside, I'll reuse this clamp. I'll just use some pliers. It's just a spring clamp. That's good. Now, there is a groove for that end of it to fit into the inner tie rod for the end of the bellow boot. That looks good. Take the jam nut, install the jam nut. Take the outer tie rod in, and I'm going to count how many turns I go. I want 14 total. One, two, three, 13, 14. All right, and take the nut off.

Let me just slide this in position. That's good right there. Take the nut, get that started. Now this tie rod, the new nut that comes with this happens to be a 19 millimeter nut, so I'll use a 19 millimeter socket and a ratchet. Tighten it up. Now, if the stud starts spinning, what you're going to have to do, and it looks like it's not spinning, so that's good. But if this stud does start spinning, now what you want to do is have a friend hold this, take some big pliers and just hold this tight, and that'll keep it tight up against the knuckle. Then you can tighten it up. That's good.

Snug that up, and then I'm going to torque it. I'm going to torque this to 36 foot pounds. I want to take the jam nut, tighten that up against the rod end. Now this jam nut is a different size. I'm going to use a 15/16 or you can use a 24 millimeter. Snug this up. You're supposed to tighten this jam nut up to 65 foot pounds. If you have the ability to do that with a torque wrench, you can do that. I'm just going to snug it up with a wrench.

Now, install the tire. Take the lug nuts, install the lug nuts. Now I load the vehicle down to the ground so that the tire is just touching the ground. I'm going to torque these with a 21 millimeter socket and a torque wrench to 76 foot pounds. I'm going to do this in a star pattern. The reason you do it in a star pattern is so that the wheel gets tightened down evenly.

Then I always like to go around again just to double check. Whenever you do a job like the one we did today, you're going to want to go to a local shop and have your alignment adjusted, because you don't want to end up with premature tire wear. Whenever you change components or even remove them and reinstall them, things change, and you want to make sure everything is lined up so you're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Pick
  • Center Punch

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant
  • Liquid Thread Locker

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Locking Pliers
  • Hose Clamp Pliers
  • Straight Cutters

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 17mm Socket
  • 18mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Inner Tie Rod Removal Tool

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 22mm Wrench

  • Wrenches - SAE

  • 15/16 Inch Wrench

2006 - 2018  Toyota  Rav4
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