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How to Replace Outer Tie Rod 99-06 Chevy Silverado

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:44)
    • Loosen the lug nut covers with a 22mm socket
    • Pry off the center cap by hand
    • 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 (1:10)
    • 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
    • Strike the steering knuckle with a hammer to loosen the outer tie rod
    • Pull the outer tie rod out of the steering knuckle
    • Hold the nut that holds the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod with an adjustable wrench
    • Twist off the outer tie rod by hand
  3. step : Installing the New Outer Tie Rod (2:08)
    • Attach the grease fitting to the new outer tie rod
    • Tighten the grease fitting with a 7mm socket and ratchet
    • Twist the new outer tie rod onto the inner tie rod
    • Push the outer tie rod into the steering knuckle
    • Fasten the 18mm castle nut onto the outer tie rod
    • Push the cotter pin through the castle nut
    • Twist the cotter pin into place with needle nose pliers
    • Fill the tie rod with grease, using a grease gun
    • 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
    • Tighten the nut that holds the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod with an adjustable wrench
  4. step : Reattaching the Wheel (3:33)
    • 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 22mm socket

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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're going to show how to replace an outer tie rod on this 2002 Chevy Suburban, and it's the same part and similar process on these Suburbans from 2001 to 2006. We show you on the passenger side, but the driver side is the same procedure. The items you'll need for this are a new outer tie rod from 1AAuto.com; 7mm, 13mm, 18mm and 22mm socket and ratchet; flat-blade screwdriver; adjustable wrench; tape measure; pliers; hammer; and a grease gun.

You want to just loosen up these 22mm caps, and then pull the hubcap free. Then, you want to loosen these lug nuts while the vehicle is on the ground, then raise the vehicle and remove them the rest of the way, unless you have air-powered tools. Then, you can do it while it's in the air.

Now you want to measure from the boot on your inner tie rod to the edge of your outer tie rod and just remember that measurement. Now, using your adjustable wrench, loosen up this nut right here, and then you want to remove this 18mm nut down here. Now just hit on your knuckle with a hammer and this is going to break up that outer tie rod and make it easier to pull out. Now just hold this nut with the adjustable wrench, pull the outer tie rod off and just twist it until it comes free. We'll fast forward as Don does this. You want to make sure that the inner tie rod doesn't spin while you're removing the outer tie rod.

Now, put the grease fitting into your new outer tie rod and just tighten that 7mm grease fitting up. Then twist the outer tie rod back onto your inner tie rod and push it down into place. Now, replace the castle nut and just tighten that up. Then push the cotter pin through and, using your pliers, just bend the ends of it. Now, using your grease gun, fill the tie rod with grease. Measure, and you should get about the same distance. That's a good preliminary alignment. You should have your car aligned after this. Tighten up the lock nut to hold it in place.

Now replace your wheel and then replace those lug nuts and tighten them preliminarily. Lower the vehicle and tighten them the rest of the way. Now torque the lug nuts in a crossing pattern to 100 foot-pounds. Replace the hubcap and tighten up those caps.

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

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Bearing Grease

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Grease Gun

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