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How to Replace Inner Tie Rod 01-05 Chrysler Sebring

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How to Replace Inner Tie Rod 01-05 Chrysler Sebring

Created on: 2013-11-14

Check out this video on how to replace the inner tie rods on your 01-05 Chrysler Sebring. We'll show you how to get the job done!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Outer Tie Rod
    • Turn the wheels by hand for better access to the tie rod
    • Remove the cotter pin from the outer tie rod with pliers
    • Remove the castle nut from the tie rod with an adjustable wrench
    • Measure the distance from the inner tie rod to the end of the outer tie rod
    • Note that measurement
    • Loosen the nut that connects the outer to the inner tie rod
    • Strike the wheel knuckle with a hammer to loosen the outer tie rod
    • Lift the outer tie rod out of the wheel knuckle
    • Twist off the outer tie rod
  3. step 3 :Removing the Inner Tie Rod
    • Twist off the nut that connects the outer to the inner tie rod
    • Pull the small boot clamp off the inner tie rod with pliers
    • Pry off the large boot clamp with a hammer and a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull off the boot
    • Remove the inner tie rod with a pipe wrench
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Inner Tie Rod
    • Twist the new inner tie rod into place
    • Put a wire tie on the large end of the boot
    • Put the boot into place
    • Tighten the wire tie
    • Push on the small boot clamp with pliers
    • Twist on the nut that connects the outer to the inner tie rod
  5. step 5 :Reinstalling the Outer Tie Rod
    • Twist your outer tie rod onto the inner tie rod
    • Measure the distance from the inner tie rod to the end of the outer tie rod
    • This should be the same measurement as noted in Step 2
    • Thread the nut that connects the outer to the inner tie rod
    • Push the outer tie rod into the steering knuckle
    • Fasten the castle nut onto the outer tie rod
    • Line up the castle nut with the cotter pin hole
    • Push the cotter pin into place
    • Twist the cotter pin into place with pliers
    • Tighten the nut that connects the outer to the inner tie rod
    • Fill the outer tie rod bearing with bearing grease, using a grease gun
  6. step 6 :Reattaching the Wheel
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds of torque in a crossing or star pattern

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Hammer

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Bearing Grease

    Wire Ties

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Adjustable Wrench

    Needle nose pliers

    Pipe Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

    Torque Wrench

  • Specialty Tools

    Grease Gun

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we show you how to replace the inner tie rod on this 2004 Chrysler Sebring. It's the same process on the Sebrings from 1996-2005. Your vehicle will need an alignment after this repair is done. The only tools you'll need for this are an adjustable wrench, pliers, a hammer, a tape measure, monkey wrench, and jack and jack stands.

Start by removing the wheel and tire. If you don't have the benefit of air tools, loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground. Raise and support the vehicle and then remove the lug nuts the rest of the way, as well as the wheel and tire.

Turn your wheel so that you have better access to the tie rods, and then just remove this cotter pin. Use a pair of pliers to just straighten it out, and then pull it right out of there. Using your adjustable wrench, just remove this castle nut. It's important to measure from your inner tie rod to the outer tie rod so that you can remember exactly how far up the outer tie rod's supposed to be. Loosen the nut in between the inner and outer tie rod. With a hammer, just hammer the knuckle right here to loosen up your outer tie rod, and now you should just be able to pull it up and out, and twist that off of the inner tie rod.

Now, you can twist off this nut as well. With a pair of pliers, just push in this clamp and pull it down. You can see this boot's held on with a wire tie, and we're just clipping a wire tie. In most cases this won't be what you have so we're going to show a different repair here just to show you what you will have. There's a clip underneath and you just stick a screwdriver in there, hit it with a hammer, and that clamp will just pull right off. Using a pipe wrench, remove the inner tie rod. You can see, you just loosen it up and then it twists right out.

Now, take your new inner tie rod and twist it into place. Now, take a wire tie and put it on the end of the boot, and just feed that boot back into place and tighten up that wire tie. It's going to act as that clamp you removed earlier. Using your pliers you can slide that other clamp back onto the front of the boot, and twist that nut on.

Now, take your outer tie rod and twist it back onto the inner tie rod. Now, using the tape measure, make sure it's back to exactly where it was. You can see ours is. Then you want to just tighten that nut back into place and push the outer tie rod back into the knuckle. Now, you can replace your castle nut. When you tighten up the castle nut, make sure that you have this hole lined up so you can put that cotter pin back into place. Then use a pair of pliers, just pry out the ends of it. Using your adjustable wrench tighten that nut up just the rest of the way, and using your grease gun, just fill up that grease filler on your outer tie rod.

I'm going to fast forward here as Don replaces the wheel. You want to replace the lug nuts, tighten them preliminarily, lower the vehicle, tighten them the rest of the way, and then torque them to 100 foot-pounds.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Bearing Grease
  • Wire Ties

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Pipe Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench

  • Specialty Tools

  • Grease Gun

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