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How to Replace Tie Rod 02-06 GMC Envoy XL

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:43)
    • Pry off the hub cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Loosen the 35mm hub nut with the vehicle on the ground
    • Loosen the lug nuts
    • 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)
    • Spray both ends of the outer tie rod with penetrating oil
    • Measure from the either end of the outer tie rod
    • Place a 26mm wrench on the larger nut
    • Place a 22mm wrench on the smaller nut
    • Break the 22mm nut free
    • Straighten the cotter pin with pliers and pull it through
    • Remove the nut with a 21mm socket from the wheel knuckle
    • Hit the wheel knuckle with a hammer
    • Twist off the outer tie rod
    • Remove the 22mm nut off the outer tie rod
  3. step : Installing the New Outer Tie Rod (3:08)
    • Mark where the 22mm nut was located on the old tie rod to the new tie rod
    • Screw on the nut
    • Twist the outer tie rod into place
    • Push the outer tie rod into the wheel knuckle
    • Measure and check the outer tie rod distance
    • Tighten the 21mm nut on the wheel knuckle
    • Insert and twist the cotter pin with a pair of pliers
    • Tighten the two nuts on the outer tie rod
  4. step : Reattaching the Wheel (4:33)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the hub nut
    • Torque the lug nuts to 100 ft/lbs in a crossing or star pattern
    • Torque the hub nut to 103 ft/lbs
    • Reattach the center cap

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace an outer tie rod on this 2003 GMC Envoy XL. We show you on the passenger side, but the driver side is a similar procedure. The items you'll need for this include a new outer tie rod from, 19mm and 21mm socket and ratchet, 10mm, 22mm and 26mm wrenches, flat blade screwdriver, tape measure, pliers, hammer, torque wrench, and jack and jack stands.

Start by removing your wheel and tire. Pry off the cap first. If you don't have the benefit of air tools, you'll want to loosen the lug nuts, then raise and secure the vehicle on jack stands, and remove the lug nuts the rest of the way. We have air tools, so we put the vehicle up on jack and jack stands, remove the lug nuts, and remove the wheel and tire.

Start off by just spraying both ends of your outer rod with some penetrating oil. This will just help to remove those nuts. Then you want to measure from the end of the first nut on the outer tie rod to the center of this nut. You can see we actually marked on the outer tie rod where you should measure to. You want to make sure when you put your new outer tie rod on that it's the same distance.

Put a 26mm wrench on the larger nut and a 22mm wrench on the smaller nut. Just break that smaller one free. Now, using a pair of pliers, just straighten out this cotter pin. Once it's straightened out, try to hit it through or pull it through. If it doesn't move, then you can just break off this end. You just move each tab up and down until it breaks off. After you've done that, you can again try pulling it from the other side. If that doesn't work, you can just use a hammer and a punch.

Using a 21mm socket, just remove that nut. Hit the wheel knuckle with a hammer. That will just break that free. Then you can just twist your outer tie rod off. Now, just remove that nut on the outer tie rod the rest of the way.

I can see that my bolt was on to here, so I'm just going to make a mark on the new one to here. That's where I'm going to put my bolt onto, just a preliminary alignment. Twist the outer tie rod into place. Make sure that rubber boot is back on there. Then push the outer tie rod up into the wheel knuckle.

Just measure and make sure it's the same distance. If it is, you're all set. If not, you want to just adjust the nuts on the end of the outer tie rod. Since it is, we're just going to replace this nut and tighten it up. You can see we're using a 10mm wrench to just hold the stud steady. Now just tighten up these two nuts.

Replace your wheel. Replace the lug nuts and tighten them up preliminarily. Lower the vehicle. Tighten them the rest of the way, and torque each of them to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing pattern.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Floor Jack
  • Measuring Tape
  • Hammer
  • Jack Stands

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 19mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 26mm Wrench
  • 22mm Wrench
  • 10mm Wrench

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