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This tie rod is just what you need to ensure the safety and integrity of your vehicle's suspension and steering.


  • Fits either the LH (Driver Side) or RH (Passenger Side) FRONT INNER
  • Replaces dealer part numbers: 7L2Z3280A, 6L2Z3280A, 7L2Z 3280 A, 6L2Z 3280 A
  • Direct replacement
  • Built to strict quality control standards

Remember whenever you are replacing any front end or steering components you should have your vehicle professionally aligned as soon as possible. This will ensure proper tracking and even tire wear.

Our steering and suspension components are sealed for long life and do not require the extra maintenance typically required by greasable versions.

Please Note: Whenever replacing steering components, it is highly recommended to have a professional alignment performed on the vehicle afterwards.  Failure to do so may result in issues with steering and premature tire wear.

Item Condition: New

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Lifetime Warranty

This item is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. In the event this item should fail due to manufacturing defects during intended use, we will exchange the part free of charge (excludes shipping charges) for the original purchaser.

  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:51)
    • Loosen the five 19mm lug nuts
    • Raise and support the vehicle
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Slide off the wheel
  2. step : Removing the Outer Tie Rod (1:17)
    • Apply rust penetrant to the tie rod
    • Loosen the 21mm jam nut on the outer tie rod
    • Remove the 19mm nut from the tie rod ball joint
    • Tap the wheel knuckle with a hammer to loosen the tie rod ball joint stud
    • Remove the tie rod from the wheel knuckle twist the outer tie rod off
    • Count the number of turns it takes to remove the tie rod
    • Hold the inner tie rod with locking pliers
    • Mark one side of the jam nut
    • Twist off the jam nut
    • Count how many turns it takes to remove the jam nut
  3. step : Removing the Tie Rod Boot (2:55)
    • Remove the outside tie rod boot clamp with needle nose pliers
    • Split the inside tie rod boot clamp with a hammer and punch or side cutters
    • Remove the inside tie rod boot clamp
    • Pull the tie rod boot off the tie rod
  4. step : Removing the Inner Tie Rod (3:41)
    • Loosen the inner tie rod with a pipe wrench
    • Twist off the inner tie rod by hand
  5. step : Installing the Inner Tie Rod (4:23)
    • Apply thread-lubricant to the inner tie rod
    • Thread the inner tie rod onto the steering rack
    • Tighten the inner tie rod with a pipe wrench
    • Remove the jam nut from the inner tie rod
  6. step : Installing the Tie Rod Boot (Installing the Tie Rod Boot)
    • Slide the tie rod boot onto the tie rod
    • Fit the boot onto the steering rack
    • Loop the inside tie rod boot clamp around the boot
    • Tighten the clamp with pliers
    • Tighten the outside clamp with pliers
    • Slide the clamp onto the boot
  7. step : Installing the Outer Tie Rod (7:11)
    • Apply anti-seize grease to the outer tie rod and the jam nut
    • Thread on the jam nut
    • Apply anti-seize grease to the inner tie rod
    • Thread the outer tie rod on the number of turns you counted in Step 2
    • Turn the jam rod to the edge of the tie rod
    • Push the tie rod stud into the wheel knuckle
    • Thread the 22mm nut onto the stud
    • Torque the 22mm nut to 52 foot-pounds
  8. step : Installing the Wheel (9:14)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the five 19mm lug nuts
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Torque the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing pattern

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick
  • Jack Stands
  • Center Punch
  • Hammer
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant
  • Anti-Seize Grease
  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Pipe Wrench
  • Vise Grip Pliers
  • Side Cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar
  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 19mm Socket
  • 17mm Socket
  • 22mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 22mm Wrench
  • 17mm Wrench
  • 19mm Wrench
  • 21mm wrench

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Year Make Model Description
2006-2010Ford Explorer Ford Explorer Front Inner Tie Rod Driver or Passenger Side
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2006-2010Mercury Mountaineer Mercury Mountaineer Front Inner Tie Rod Driver or Passenger Side
Part #: 1ASTE00404

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