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How to Replace Outer Tie Rod 2011-17 Toyota Camry

Created on: 2019-04-23

Watch this video to learn how to replace the ball joint. The experts at 1A Auto show how to replace the ball joint on your 11-17 Toyota Camry.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Loosen the 19mm 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
    • Loosen the 19 mm jam nut on the tie rod
    • Remove the castle nut cotter pin with the side cutters
    • Remove the 17 mm castle nut from the tie rod spindle
    • Use a hammer to jolt free the tie rod spindle
    • Unscrew the tie rod end to remove it
  3. step 3 :Replacing the Outer Tie Rod
    • Apply anti-seize to the threads of the outer tie rod
    • Thread the outer tie rod end back onto the inner tie rod
    • Replace the tie rod spindle into the knuckle
    • Torque the 17 mm castle nut to 36 ft-lb
    • Install the new cotter pin and trim the excess with the side cutters
  4. step 4 :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 76 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern

Tools needed

  • Side Cutters

    Socket Extensions

    Torque Wrench

    17mm Socket

    Jack Stands

    19mm Wrench

    19mm Socket

    Anti-Seize Grease


    Floor Jack

    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

Hey, everyone. Sue here from 1A Auto, and today we have our 2013 Toyota Camry in the shop, and I'm going to show you how to replace an outer tire rod end. If you need any parts for your car, click on the link below and head on over to 1aauto.com

So to take the tire off you need a 19-millimeter socket. Take your tire off.

In order to replace the outer tire rod end, we have a jam nut and a castle nut with an old cotter pin, so we're going to take the old cotter pin out and the castle nut off. Before we do anything, we're going to loosen up that jam nut, 19-millimeter on this factory tire rod end. And I'm just going to break it free. There we go. Now I'll get my cutters and get that cotter pin off of there. Looks like someone never completed that job.

The castle nut's a 17-millimeter socket, I'm just going to put my half-inch breaker bar on there and break it free. You can see the ball joint's off, that's because we're doing both. You do not have to do the ball joint to do the outer tire rod end, and you don't have to do the outer tire rod end to do the ball joint.

Take a hammer, and now we're going to hit the knuckle part where the tire rod end spindle goes in there, and we'll jolt it free. The good thing about that is now your jam nut is broken free. The tie rod end comes right off. And I know that I only turned that about one turn, maybe a half, so the alignment's not going to be too far off. You're always going to need an alignment once you replace any suspension parts, but getting to the alignment shop, at least I'm not going to be towed out like this--it's going to be as close as it can be. Spin that right off.

So here we have our old tire rod end off our 2013 Camry, and the new one from TRQ. It's stamped with an R right here on that base, you can see it. So there is a left and a right, there's a difference on the outer tire rod ends. It's just like this factory one comes marked.

You get a new castle nut and a new cotter pin, you never want to use your old cotter pin. They're the same length, even has a nice indent just like that one to hold it with the wrench while you adjust the jam nut.

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Now we're going to replace our outer tie rod end, and I like to take an NEC spray, I used to use copper, just a little bit so that in the future we don't have to deal with a seized tire rod end. And I know that my alignment's going to be pretty close because I just loosened the jam nut and turned it half a turn.

I'm still going to get an alignment by an alignment shop, always, even if you're just doing a ball joint, it's good to have everything checked out first after you're done. Struts also, you always want an alignment after. If you're willing to do the parts, go all the way and do it correctly.

Now we're going to put the outer tire rod end onto the knuckle, I'm going to put the stud right through the knuckle housing. Let it seat all the way down on that cone. Put the new castle nut on. It's a 17-millimeter socket. Once I snug it up I'm going to torque it to the specs, which is 36 foot-pounds. Let's see if the cotter pin lines up. It does. Now I'll put the new cotter pin through.

Nineteen-millimeter socket, I'm going to hand-tighten all the lug nuts, then I'll lower it down and torque it. I'm going to start at the bottom, and I'm going to go in a star pattern, and the wheel torque for this Camry is 76 foot-pounds. Double-check everything.

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2012 - 2017  Toyota  Camry

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