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How to Replace Outer Tie Rod 2009-14 Ford F-150

Created on: 2018-11-20

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, busted, bad, loose, or damaged tie rod on 11 Ford F150

Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

Hey, everyone. Sue here from 1A Auto, and today I'm going to show you how to do an outer tie rod end on a 2011 Ford F-150. If you need this part or any other part for your car, click on the link below and head on over to 1aauto.com.

Just a little friendly reminder. Any time you do any front end suspension or steering repairs pre-set up an alignment appointment with your local garage, or the one that you wish to do so as soon as you're done doing DIY repairs you can ship it on down and get lined up properly.

To remove the tire you need a 21-millimeter socket, and you're going to break the lug nuts free with the pressure of the vehicle on the tire. Now, I'm going to raise and support the vehicle with a two post lift. You can use a jack and jack stands at home. Now that the vehicle is up I can take the lug nuts off to remove the tire. Be prepared. This thing is heavy. When you have a tire that's stuck on the hub, all the lug nuts are off, and obviously, you can't pull it off, always put a lug nut. Just hand thread it a little bit so when it does break free, it doesn't bounce back at you.

Always loosen the jam nut before you take anything out of the knuckle of the tie rod ends because this nut is really tight so you need the leverage to loosen that. This particular model is a 24-millimeter wrench. As you can see the inner tie rod end is spinning, but that's okay. I just want it even. I want it loose. I'm going to loosen the outer tie rod end mounting nut. It's a 21-millimeter socket. I'm going to back that nut all the way off. Now with a good size hammer, you're going to hit the knuckle right here at the outer tie rod end housing, and you're going to loosen up that jam spindle part of the tie rod end.

The object here now is to take this outer tie rod end off the inner, so we have to hold this inner in place and then twist the outer off. I'm going to use a pair of locking pliers, see if I can get a good grip on this, and I'll use the lower control arm as a leverage point. Let's hope that doesn't spin. I have a pair of very large locking pliers. This is almost a must for any front end repair.

Here we have the new outer tie rod end for our 2011 Ford F-150, comes from 1A Auto. It's the same length as the factory, same curve. There is a left and a right when you're looking up the specifications. It comes with this new castle nut and its own cotter pin. If you need this part or any other part for your car, click on the link below and head on over to 1aauto.com.

Just reverse procedure to install the outer, and we line it up to the knuckle, put on the new castle nut and tighten it down. I'm just going to put the castle nut on here tight to stop that from popping out. The outer tie rod end socket is a 21 millimeter on this castle nut, and the torque is 85 foot-pounds, and let's see if the--wow, I lucked out. The cotter pin lined right up. Always, always don't forget to use a new cotter pin. With our tie rod end assembly, it comes with it. Please don't use the old cotter pin. It's worn out. There we go. Now we can put the lug nuts on. Now we're just going to let them out, all the lug nuts right to the hub, lower the vehicle, and we'll torque these down to manufacturer specs 150 foot-pounds in the star pattern.

Okay, now the vehicle has pressure on the tire. I didn't lower it all the way, enough so that there's pressure on the tire, and I can torque my lug nuts 150 foot-pounds, and one more time for safe measure.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1aauto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

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