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How to Replace Outer Tie Rod 05-10 Pontiac G6

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    It is recommended to seek a professional alignment after completing this repair.

  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:50)
    • Loosen the lug nut covers with a 19mm socket
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • 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 : Removing the Outer Tie Rod (1:08)
    • Measure the distance from the boot of the inner tie rod to the edge of the outer tie rod
    • Make note of this measurement
    • Loosen the nut that holds the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod with an adjustable wrench
    • Remove the 18mm nut from the outer tie rod end
    • Loosen the nut that holds the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod with an adjustable wrench
    • Strike the steering knuckle with a hammer to loosen the outer tie rod
    • Pull the outer tie rod out of the steering knuckle
    • Twist off the outer tie rod by hand
  3. step : Installing the New Outer Tie Rod (1:55)
    • Twist the new outer tie rod onto the inner tie rod
    • Push the outer tie rod into the steering knuckle
    • Place vise grip pliers to hold the other part of the ball joint
    • Fasten the 18mm nut onto the outer tie rod with a socket
    • Place the pliers on the bottom of the bolt
    • Tighten the nut with an 18mm wrench
    • Tighten the nut that holds the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod with an adjustable wrench
    • Measure the distance from the boot of the inner tie rod to the edge of the outer tie rod
    • This should be the same as the measurement noted in Step 2
  4. step : Reattaching the Wheel (3:29)
    • 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 in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the center cap
    • Tighten the lug nut covers with a 19mm socket

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace an outer tire rod on this 2007 Pontiac G6. It's pretty much the same as any 2005 to 2010 G6, as well as a Saturn Aura. We show you the right-hand or passenger side, but the left-hand driver side is the same procedure. You'll need a new tie rod or tie rods from, jack and jack stands, 18mm and 19mm sockets with a socket wrench, maybe even a breaker bar or a pipe for leverage, tape measure, 18mm wrench, large adjustable or a 13/16 wrench, hammer, and a torque wrench.

Depending on what wheels you have, start out be removing the lug caps, and then we'll cover if applicable. Then, if you don't have the benefit of air tools, you're going to want to loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground. Then raise and support the vehicle. I'll remove the lug nuts, wheel, and tire.

Use a tape measure to get a general idea of a total length. You can use a reference point of the outer part of the boot, and then the outer part of the tie rod end, and just remember that number. On the end of the tie rod is an 18mm, so I'm using the socket and socket wrench to remove that nut. I'll fast-forward as I take off that nut.

Locate the nut at the end of the outer tire rod. We're going to go ahead and just loosen it just a little bit. I'm using a 13/16 wrench. You can use the metric equivalent. With a hammer, go ahead and give the end of that spindle a whack and pull the outer tie rod out. Then you can go ahead and unscrew it. I'll fast-forward through that. Be as careful as you can to not turn the inner tie rod.

Here, we're going to reinstall. You'll notice we are reinstalling the old one. There's nothing wrong with the tie rods on this vehicle. We just are doing this to show you how to do it. Tie rods from 1A Auto are going to be an exact match to the original. You may want to just measure the length. There could be a slight difference in length, and you would want to make sure you align it well.

Go ahead and put that 18mm nut back on the outer tire rod. I'm using a small pair of vice grips to hold the other part of the ball joint so that it doesn't spin as I tighten up that 18mm nut. There might be other ways that you would find easier to do it, but that's the one that I use. Then once I get it through, I'll be able to put the vice grip on the end that's coming through the nut. You can see here that once I take that socket off, I'll have plenty of room to put that on, and then use an open-ended wrench.

Here, I'm using that vice grip on the bottom, and I'm going to use an open-ended wrench to finish up tightening it up. I'll fast-forward through this. Now tighten up the nut on the inner tie rod that we just slightly loosened. Make sure that's snug up against the back portion of that outer tie rod. I'm just verifying that the tire rod is in somewhat of a right position, and it will be ready for me to take over to have an alignment done.

Install the wheel, and tighten up on your lug nuts. I'll go ahead and fast-forward through this. In a star pattern, go ahead and torque your lug nuts to roughly 100 foot-pounds. Reinstall your hubcap, and make sure that you line up the notch in the hubcap for where your valve stem is. Then, by hand, use your 19mm socket to tighten up those plastic lug nut covers. I'll fast-forward through that.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Measuring Tape
  • Jack Stands
  • Hammer
  • Floor Jack

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Vise Grip Pliers
  • Adjustable Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 18mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 18mm Wrench

  • Wrenches - SAE

  • 13/16 Inch Wrench

2004 - 2012  Chevrolet  Malibu
2005 - 2010  Pontiac  G6
2007 - 2009  Saturn  Aura
2006 - 2012  Chevrolet  Malibu
2004 - 2005  Chevrolet  Malibu
2006 - 2008  Chevrolet  Malibu
2005 - 2006  Pontiac  G6
2008 - 2012  Chevrolet  Malibu
2007 - 2010  Pontiac  G6
2005 - 2012  Chevrolet  Malibu
2004 - 2004  Chevrolet  Malibu

07-09 Saturn Aura; 05-10 G6; 04-11 Malibu Front Lower Control Arm, Tie Rod, Sway Bar Kit (Set of 6)

Chevrolet Pontiac Saturn Steering & Suspension Kit 6 Piece Set TRQ PSA56248

This part replaces:

  • Dorman 520-163
  • Dorman 520-164
  • Hollander 512-01416L
  • Hollander 512-01415R
  • Moog K80252
  • Moog ES800086
  • Moog K620179
  • Moog K620180
  • OE # 22687089
  • OE # 15944090
  • OE # 20784686
  • OE # 22730776
  • OE # 22730775

Part Details

  • Quantity: 6 Piece Set
  • Kit Includes: (2) Front Outer Tie Rods
  • Kit Includes: (2) Front Lower Control Arms with Ball Joints
  • Kit Includes: (2) Front Sway Bar Links
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